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Child hit by vehicle, killed identified

The incident happened at West Broadway and Cecil Avenue. (Source: WAVE 3 News) The incident happened at West Broadway and Cecil Avenue. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 3-year-old boy hit and killed by a vehicle Tuesday night in Louisville's Shawnee neighborhood has been identified.

The Jefferson County Coroner's Office said Michael Harris Jr. died of multiple blunt force trauma in the incident at West Broadway and Cecil Avenue about 7:13 p.m. Tuesday.

Witnesses told police the child darted into the roadway in front of an SUV.

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Kenshanna Goodwin is a mother to a 7-month-old. She cannot get over what Harris Jr.'s family is going through. 
 
"I was on my way to the store and I heard people screaming," Goodwin said. "Everybody from all in the block, they all come out. This is the third time I seen a dead body in the last few months, I don't want
to see no more."
 
Ricky Ordway was in shock over the scene. He said on Tuesday that he had seen the boy outside before.

 "It was last week and I happened to see the little baby outside and he was in a pamper and his little binky and I was looking around like who's the parents out here," Ordway said.

It's not clear where his parents were. But, many people in the neighborhood have been wondering.
 
Eric Monroe works in the area and is trying not to point the finger.

"We always want to blame a parent sometime, I’m quick to do it sometime depending on circumstances," Monroe said. "Children they have a way of getting around you and getting away from you. All it takes is for you to turn your head one second and that child is gone and out the door."

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Another man stopped by and left a teddy bear at the scene where Harris Jr. died. He said his heart was hurting and he had to do something.
 
That same pain felt by Monroe.
 
"My heart goes out to the family, I have kids and grandkids," Monroe said. "It's just really, really sad."
 
WAVE 3 News stopped by the toddler's home and no one answered. A social services employee also came by the home and no one answered. Neighbors said there are several children living in the home.
   
Police said the investigation is ongoing. The driver who hit the child did stop. Police said he will not face any charges.

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