NEW ORLEANS Shaud Wilson, 6, was on his way to catch the morning school bus with his sister and two other children when a car struck and killed him this morning before fleeing the scene.
The hit-and-run crash occurred near Paris and Lafreniere around 7 a.m.
Wilson was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. His sister had non-life-threatening injuries.
About five hours after the accident, which was captured on a nearby store's surveillance camera, 22-year-old Arthur Toledano was arrested after a car matching the description of the one involved in the crash was found at his home in the 1600 block of Charlton, just blocks from the crash.
An eyewitness said that as the children were attempting to cross, an SUV in the left lane stopped to let them go by, but the Honda Crosstour in the right lane struck the children. The eyewitness said that perhaps the person driving couldn't see the children, but the witness didn't understand why he drove off and left the scene.
Shaud Wilson's family was leaning on each other for support through the day.
'He played so well with other kids,' recalled Denise Williams, grandmother of Shaud. 'He played well by himself. He had such a great imagination. He was just a sweet kid.'
The incident shook up those who knew Shaud and those who witnessed the incident.
Ashton McGowan, the parent of a 10-year-old who saw it happen, said his child was traumatized.
'She saw the whole thing,' he said. 'She was traumatized. She ran back. I literally had to flag down her bus so they could pick her up in front of the house because she didn't want to come back to the bus stop. She may never want to come back.'
There has been a fund set up at local Chase banks to help the Wilson family pay for Shaud's burial and any needed care for his sister.