7-year-old, mom speak out about hit-and-run that nearly killed him

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CLEVELAND-- The FOX 8 I TEAM has uncovered a problem that may make it much harder for a 7-year-old boy to get justice.

Little Cameron Allen nearly got killed when a hit-and-run driver hit him last week in front of R.G. Jones Elementary on Cleveland’s west side. But multiple sources tell the I TEAM, the school’s cameras captured foggy, somewhat blurry white things.

The boy’s mother has seen the video. Carissa Allen said, “It’s not gonna be helpful. They show the car. It’s all white blobs. They can’t define the car, the color, a person.”

Cameron suffered a fractured skull, broken ribs, and a broken wrist.

Last week, the I TEAM revealed no crossing guard was there at the time. The guard there had been fired weeks earlier, but police had not replaced her. They did, however, put a new crossing guard there starting the next day after the accident.

The Cleveland Municipal School District would not release its video to the I TEAM, saying that could only go to police since the case is under investigation.

A school system spokeswoman said she hadn’t seen any school video from this incident. But she said school cameras generally pick up activities on school grounds, not the street. The hit-and-run, though, happened just off school property.

Meantime, since last week, the I TEAM has been asking city hall and the police chief’s office why no replacement crossing guard had been put in place earlier. And, we’ve asked how many other open crossing guard positions have not been filled. We have received no answers despite days of requests.

If you have a tip about the hit-and-run, call the Cleveland Police Accident Investigation Unit at 216-623-5295.

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