Hit-and-run victim back home
KANKAKEE — On Friday, Yashyca Hill received word from Kankakee police the suspected driver of a car that hit and seriously injured her 12-year-old son was locked away in an Indiana jail, where he was being held on charges unrelated to the hit-and-run accident on May 25.
There was relief in her voice while talking to the Daily Journal Friday evening.
Hill was happy a person was found but also knows her son, Marcus James, has a long, tough journey ahead of him.
“My emotions are mixed,” Hill said. “I’m excited that someone was found. But it doesn’t take back what happened. It doesn’t take back the pain. It doesn’t take back what that person did.
“It was heartless to run off. He hit my baby and didn’t stop.”
Marcus returned home May 31, a day before his 12th birthday, Hill said.
He has a cast on his leg from hip to toe. Today, he got a cast on his hand. Marcus suffered a broken hand, leg and ankle.
With the help of witnesses and people calling in tips, investigators found the vehicle, a 2011 Hyundai four-door sedan, on May 30 in St. Anne.
On Friday, Kankakee polilce announced the suspected driver, Andrew L. Langston, 24, already was jailed in Johnson County, Ind., on four misdemeanor charges after his arrest June 3, according to online court records. He was charged on June 7.
Kankakee police have filed preliminary charges of leaving the scene of an accident involving personal injury and driving while license suspended, according to Dave Skelly, investigations commander for Kankakee police.
Kankakee County State’s Attorney Jim Rowe said his office will review the case today and present its findings to a grand jury scheduled for next week.
Hill said the range of emotions is a roller-coaster ride on a daily basis.
“Maybe I’ll sleep better,” Hill said.
She also knows another family’s life has been changed.
“I also have to consider he (Langston) is someone’s son. Maybe this will help change him. It’s a wake up call. This has changed his life as well as those of his family.
“As a parent I am angry. He had no regard for someone else’s life.
“As a person, my heart goes out to him.”
The accident occurred at 11:05 a.m. May 25 in the 600 block of North Chicago Avenue.
Hill said she had picked up her son at her mother’s. He forgot to close the front door and was on his way to do that.
Marcus looked both ways before crossing the street. Hill said the car came out of nowhere. It struck Marcus, tossing him into the air. Hill and her 5-year-old daughter saw it.
Hill said she yelled for the driver to stop.
A neighbor followed the car for several blocks before it turned onto East Court Street and disappeared.
Before the accident, Marcus was in a band and he enjoyed boxing.
Hill said her son is a sharp dresser. He has his suits with matching shoes. Now he is stuck in a wheelchair. He relies solely on his mom. His sister is always telling him she doesn’t want to lose him. She was away from him for awhile while he was in the hospital.
“We were all traumatized,” Hill said. “We have a long way to go, not only physically but emotionally and mentally.