TAMPA — Police are searching for answers in the horrific death of a 4-year-old boy who died early Monday after he either fell or was thrown from a moving car Sunday evening.
Witnesses found Marterrance Albury, 4, in the middle of East 109th and North Florida avenues just west of Interstate 275 at about 9:45 p.m. Sunday, telling police that he had been in a car.
After falling or being pushed out of the car, Marterrance was then run over by the vehicle's back wheels. The SUV did not stop. Marterrance was transported to an area hospital in critical condition and died from his injuries a few hours later, authorities say.
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 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 was taken to the hospital.
Detectives still are interviewing the boy's brother, but say he's mentally challenged, which is slowing the investigation. They are also searching for the driver of the car.
"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."
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.
"We are definitely investigating this as a crime," Tampa Police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said.