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12-year-old boy killed in hit-and-run in Greensboro identified

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Police have identified the 12-year-old boy killed in a hit-and-run in Greensboro late Thursday night.

Around 11:10 p.m., police responded to a hit-and-run collision at 102 Ward Road, off East Market Street in Greensboro.

Upon arrival, officers learned Dorien Raphal Pearsall, of Greensboro, was hit by a passenger car traveling south on Ward Road.

April McKenzie is Dorien’s aunt. She says last night he and her kids walked from their house over to a store down the road. Her son told her about the accident.

"He said ‘I just turned around for a split second’ and he said ‘when I turn back around I said ‘where is Dorien? Where is Dorien?’ When they turned he was laying on the ground,” McKenzie said.

Pearsall was pronounced dead at Moses Cone Hospital around midnight.

"You took that child's life,” McKenzie said. "You took that child's life clean out of that boy. You really did it hurt me so bad. It hurt me.”

According to troopers, the car struck Pearsall in the travel lanes and fled after the crash.

Troopers believe the vehicle is dark blue 7 series 2003-2005 model BMW and has damage to the passenger side and is missing the right-side mirror.

This picture is similar to the suspected vehicle.

This picture is similar to the suspected vehicle.

"I just wish somebody would come forward,” McKenzie said. "At least to say, apologize or it was an accident, maybe they were just trying to show off in their car and spin some rubber or what not, but a life is gone this morning and people are hurt. I am.”

Pearsall went to Eastern Middle School, according to Guilford County Schools spokesperson Nora Murray.

"The Eastern Middle family is devastated by this news," said Chris Tolliver, Eastern Middle Principal. "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."

The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the North Carolina State Highway Patrol at (336) 334-5500.