Standing at a small podium inside the Chester School of Inquiry, Principal Tammy Graham talked about her bond with 11-year-old La’Darious Wylie.
“He was part of my Football 101 club,” Graham said. “He loved football and could not wait for his upcoming field trip to Bank of America Stadium.”
School officials say La’Darious, a fifth-grader at Chester Park Center of Literacy through Technology, died Wednesday, a day after he was hit by a vehicle while waiting for his school bus.
La’Darious was struck just before 7:30 a.m. Tuesday near Ashford and Dye streets in Chester. Other children were also at the bus stop, school leaders said.
Police say the driver then drove away. A vehicle believed to be involved was later recovered.
La’Darious was rushed to a hospital in Chester before being airlifted to Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte.
Counselors have been in every Chester school this week for teachers and students. WBTV was told that La’Darious has siblings at COLT, Chester Middle and Chester High School.
“We really want to celebrate his life,” Graham said. “His parents agreed to donate his organs. Even in death, he was a true inspiration.”
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