GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A 12-year-old boy was killed in a hit-and-run crash in Greensboro late Thursday night, according to N.C. State Highway Patrol.

Officials say Dorien Raphal Pearsall was hit by a car traveling south on Ward Road from East Market Street around 11:10 p.m. Pearsall was later pronounced dead at Moses Cone Hospital shortly before midnight. Guilford Country Schools' Spokesperson Nora Murray said Pearsall attended Eastern Guilford Middle School and students and staff have been told. He also played football at Peeler Rec Center.

Eastern Middle Principal, Chris Tolliver, sent the following statement after hearing what happened,

The Eastern Middle family is devastated by this news. We have reached out to his family to offer our support and are working to help our students through this difficult time. We ask everyone to keep the family in their thoughts and prayers.

Highway Patrol says the car struck the boy in the travel lanes and fled after the collision. The car involved is believed to be a dark blue BMW 7 Series. Troopers believe the vehicle is a 2003 to 2005 model and has damage to the passenger side with a missing right-side mirror.

His aunt, April McKenzie, said not knowing who hit her nephew makes the burden of losing a child even worse on the family.

"I would like to see Dorien, I really would," she said, "I miss him, I really do... I'm just a little I'm still a little numb."

She says Dorien and his cousins would often play out in the yard, and walk down to the store on the corner. But this time, the late night walk turned into a tragedy.

"I just wish somebody would come forward. At least to say you apologize," she said.

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If you have any information that could help investigators, contact the N.C. State Highway Patrol at (336) 334-5500.

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