Tampa, Florida — A child that police say may have been thrown from a car and found on a roadway died early Monday.
Tampa Police say a witness called 911 around 9:45 p.m. Sunday after seeing a child fall out of the back passenger door of a green SUV in the middle of East 109th and North Florida avenues, just west of Interstate 275. After falling out of the car, the boy -- identified as 4-year-old Marterrance Albury -- was then run over by the vehicle's back wheels. The SUV did not stop.
Marterrance was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital in critical condition where he died from his injuries a few hours later.
About 20-30 minutes after the incident, Marterrance's 17-year-old brother walked up to an officer at the scene and said he couldn't find his 4-year-old brother. The boys' mother, Joentea Williams, came home to the Park View apartment complex around 4 a.m. and told police she went out with a friend and left Marterrance with his older brother.
Upon learning of her son's death, Williams reportedly became hysterical and has since been Baker Acted after being taken to the hospital.
Detectives are trying to figure out if the child fell out of the SUV or was pushed out and are still interviewing the boy's brother.
"Obviously, we're looking at cameras up and down this stretch to see what we can find," Tampa Police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said. "We're just trying to figure out exactly how this little boy ended up in the road."
"We are definitely investigating this as a crime," added Laura McElroy, Tampa Police Department's public information officer.
Video from area red light and business cameras has pointed to a green 2001 to 2004 Ford Expedition that may have had the boy inside, police say. They are seeking its driver now.