PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A 5-year-old boy, hit by a car Thursday afternoon near 27th and Maryland avenues in Phoenix has died.

“He was a good little boy,” said neighbor Denise Nealy. “He was friendly, he was nice, caring, loving, funny."

The child was identified as 5-year-old Branden Weaver Jr.

Branden Weaver Jr. 5-year-old hit by car

Branden Weaver Jr., 5, was hit by a pickup truck and killed Thursday afternoon.

Nealy says Branden often played with her grandchildren.

On Thursday, Branden and his brother went to wait for their sister to get off the bus.

Police said it appeared Branden Weaver Jr. darted in the street between two parked vehicles, when he was struck by a pickup truck driven by a 71-year-old man.

“And for an innocent child to lose his life, it's sad,” said Nealy.


Police said the driver stayed at the scene and there were no signs of impairment or excessive speed.

When Nealy heard he died Friday afternoon, she gathered some of the neighborhood kids to set out a memorial for the boy.

Handwritten notes and balloons soon covered the fence near where the accident happened.

Branden's own mother, Erika Lewis, came out to see it and light a candle.

“You see these people they just came out here and did this for my baby because everybody falls in love with him. Because he was so nice, he was so sweet he loved everybody,” said Lewis.

Still in shock by what happened, Lewis says she's angry with the driver who hit her son.

“The injuries that my baby suffered, there's no way he was driving the speed limit,” she said.

Branden's family has set up a GoFundMe account to help cover funeral expenses, while neighbors want changes to be made to slow traffic through their street.

“I wish they would help and come put speed bumps out there. They need speed bumps in this area for these babies, it's dangerous out here,” said Nealy.


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