An 11-year-old South Carolina boy pushed his younger sister out of the way of a moving car before it struck and hit him instead, the mother of the children said.
The boy, La’Darious Wylie, and his sister, 7-year-old Sha’Vonta White, were waiting at a bus stop in the city of Chester on Oct. 27, reported the The Herald. An out-of-control car was heading toward the two as they were waiting.
When the car got near, La’Darious pushed his sister out of the way and the car hit him, his mother said.
“He knew to look out for her,” Elizabeth McCrorey told the newspaper.
The boy is being remembered as a hero as he was laid to rest on Thursday.
“He saved his sister, and he ended up being the one that’s where he is now,” his aunt, Felicia Mobley, told WBTV.
His mother said she donated the boy’s organs to help other children.
Authorities said the driver, 57-year-old Michelle Johnson, never called 911 for help. She was charged with a felony hit-and-run resulting in death, which could land her in prison for 25 years. Johnson posted $25,000 bond on Friday, and she didn’t elaborate.
“I don’t hate her, I just wish she had stopped,” McCrorey was quoted as saying by Fox News regarding Johnson.
Well over $20,000 has been raised via donations to help pay for his funeral on GoFundMe.
“I just read that he saved his sister. He’s a hero! It must not be easy for you but I’m proud of him. Please feel better knowing that is what real men do. I wish you peace in your heart,” reads one comment on his page.
And La’Darious’ actions drew the attention of U.S. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina.
Heartbreaking. God Bless La’Darious Wylie and his family. https://t.co/pBipBqbI5s
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) November 4, 2015