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13 year old pedestrian killed in car accident by hit-and-run driver after trying to protect his sister

Granny road where the deadly crash occurredPolice are looking for a hit and run driver who struck two siblings, killing one and injuring the other in a car accident in Coram, NY. 

The crash occurred last Wednesday night around 7:30 pm on Granny Road near the intersection of Middle Island Road. Tyler Philips and Krystal Randolph, both 13 year old, were walking back home from the park. They were heading west in the bike lane when a motorist travelling in the same direction hit them. The car driver never stopped. The teenagers were walking in the bike lane because there were no sidewalks.

“Tyler is a hero” said his grieving mom

According to their mom, Tyler just got the time to push his sister out of the path of the car. He was still alive but in critical condition when the ambulance arrived. He and his sister were rushed to the hospital. Tyler died from his injuries on Thursday morning while his sister Krystal was in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. She said her brother saved her life. His grieving mother told the News “He is my Hero”. Tyler who was a student at William Paca Middle School in majestic Beach had just celebrated his 13 year old birthday.

The police are looking for a 2005 to 2009 Chevrolet Equinox of light gray color which most probably must be damaged in the front passenger bumper area with a missing headlight and a broken passenger mirror.

Krystal told the police that the car that hit them did not have its lights on even though it was already dark outside.

The siblings were coming back from Gordon Heights children’s park which is the closest playground to the shelter where they had been living with their mom for the last year. The road is dangerous for pedestrians as it doesn’t have any sidewalk in the area where the two siblings were walking.