Police searching for driver after child is fatally struck in parking lot

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PHOENIX -- Phoenix police are searching for a man who fatally struck an 11-year-old boy while backing out of a parking spot on Saturday evening.

Witnesses tell 3TV that Enoc Quijada and his mother, Maria, were walking through the parking lot of an apartment complex near 35th Avenue and Indian School Road when a 1999 Silver Isuzu Amigo backed out of its spot and hit the child.

One man told 3TV he gave Quijada CPR but knew it was already too late.

"He was lifeless.  His eyes were open; I could feel him gasp a little but it wasn't from his mouth, it was from his chest.  He was gone," said Noe Herrera, who told 3TV he showed up just after the crash happened.

Police said evidence at the scene suggests the driver hadn’t removed the security club from the steering wheel and brake pedal before backing up, preventing him from steering or stopping the vehicle.

After striking Quijada, the vehicle went through a block fence and onto an adjacent property before coming to a stop.

According to witnesses, the driver helped remove Quijada from under the vehicle before walking away from the scene. Witnesses also said it appeared as if the driver was under the influence of alcohol.

Quijada was rushed to a local hospital where he died from his injuries.

Detectives are now working to locate the driver, who is said to be a black male.