Tampa police detectives say they have narrowed the description of a sport-utility vehicle that struck and killed a 4-year-old boy on North Florida Avenue on Sunday night.
Police continued today to investigate the hit-and-run incident that occurred at the corner of 109th Avenue shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday and claimed the life of Marterrance Albury, who apparently had wandered away from his home and out onto Florida Avenue.
Police now say that the vehicle, which was seen on a surveillance videotape, appears to be a 1997-2002 Ford Expedition, dark in color, with after-market chrome rims, an after-market chrome front grill and tinted windows.
Police initially said a witness said it appeared the child fell from the moving vehicle, but a subsequent review of a videotape showed the silhouette of a child running up and down the sidewalk of Florida Avenue before he strayed out into the road and was hit by the vehicle.
The corner is located less than a block from an apartment complex in which the child lived with his mother and older brother. Police said the mother had gone out and left the child in the care of the 17-year-old brother, but that the child managed to get out of the apartment without the brother realizing it.
Funeral arrangements, handled through Ray Williams Funeral Home, are pending, a spokesman for the funeral home said today.
Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers 1-800-873-8477 (TIPS) or the Tampa Police Department at (813) 231-6130.