Witness describes “tragic” fatal crash


JOHNSTON – A 13-year-old boy is hit and killed by a car in Johnston Tuesday night. Now, the whole community is mourning his loss.

Police say the driver of the truck will likely not be charged and that this was just a horrible accident. While the investigation is still ongoing, new details reveal what happened.

The young boy, 13-year-old Ali Hashim, died from his injuries after the crash. He was an 8th grader at Johnston Middle School. The accident happened Tuesday night just before 6:00 p.m. in the 6600 block of Merle Hay Road in Johnston. That is right near the Kum & Go gas station. Witnesses say Ali was on his bike and darting through traffic.

Local 5 spoke to one of the few witnesses who were on the scene. She lives just down the street from where the crash happened. She says what she saw Tuesday night will stay with her forever.

“The loss is so tragic,” said Johnston resident Jo McJunkin, who is still processing what she saw Tuesday evening. She was driving down Merle Hay Road when tragedy struck.

“All of a sudden the car in front of me slammed on its brakes, I could see a bicycle tire to the left, the wheel was still spinning a little bit right when I pulled up,” McJunkin said. “When I stood over the little boy, he was laying there and you could just tell that, as far as I’m concerned, there was no life there at that moment.”

13-year-old Ali Hashim was hit and killed by a truck while biking with some of this friends. The aftermath — almost unbearable to witness.

“A lot of blood,” McJunkin said. “You could tell there was a serious head injury.”

McJunkin tried getting Ali to talk, but he never responded.

“My heart breaks for those other little boys, I mean that was their friend and their buddy,” McJunkin said.

McJunkin says the man driving the truck was frantic and called 911 before she even got out of her car.

“He was trying to describe and get help,” McJunkin said. “My heart felt for him as well because I could hear him saying that they darted across the street.”

And as a parent herself, McJunkin says her heart goes out to Ali’s family and everyone else who is being impacted.

“Loss is always a tragedy,” McJunkin said. “But I think a child hits a little bit harder. To see the parents and even the children, the children that were there, I just can’t imagine their lives right now. And I’m sorry, I’m trying not to cry, but it’s just so devastating.”

Police say the accident is still under investigation. They do not believe alcohol or drugs played a role in this crash.

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