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Child dies after being struck by hit-and-run driver, suspect identified

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Officers located the suspected driver, Edward Pearce, in the 6600 block of Skyline Drive in Valley Station, approximately four miles away from where the child was hit. Officers located the suspected driver, Edward Pearce, in the 6600 block of Skyline Drive in Valley Station, approximately four miles away from where the child was hit.
Officer in the 5500 block of Grandel Boulevard where the child was hit. Officer in the 5500 block of Grandel Boulevard where the child was hit.
Edward Pearce (Source: LMDC) Edward Pearce (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A 5-year-old boy who was on a neighborhood sidewalk when they were hit by a driver who fled the scene has died.

According to Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jo-Ann Farmer, Benjamin Clem died at Kosair Children's Hospital at 8:07 p.m. after being hit by the vehicle in the 5500 block of Grandel Boulevard around 7 p.m. Thursday.

Louisville Metro Police Department Officer Carey Klain said officers located the suspected driver, Edward Pearce, in the 6600 block of Skyline Drive in Valley Station, approximately four miles away from where the child was hit.

Pearce was taken into custody and charged with murder, DUI, leaving the scene of the accident, drug paraphernalia and possession of a controlled substance.

Funeral arrangements for Benjamin are pending.

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