Amy Vest is a Warren mother dealing with unimaginable pain.
Her 11-year-old son, Ashton, was hit by a car and killed around 6:15 Wednesday night.
“It’s a tragedy. I don’t know how I’m gonna live without him. He was a great kid, loved his mom, his family, he was smart. He’s going to be missed very much,” says Amy Vest.
It all happened as Ashton rode his bike to the Shopper’s Market on 9 Mile near Weller. He went there to get some groceries for his mom.
Police say as Ashton tried to cross 9 Mile, he was hit by a car and killed. When he didn’t come home, Amy called the store.
Lora Kolassa was working at Shopper’s Market. She’s the one who answered the phone when Amy called looking for Ashton.
“I asked her if he had brown hair, she said yes.I asked her if was wearing a black hoodie and some shorts. From everything going on, we had already seen and heard from customers that it was a boy with a black hoodie and some shorts. I just put two and two together and my heart just sank,” she says.
Kolassa didn’t break the news to Amy, instead, she put her on hold, went outside and got the police.
“I thought maybe his bike got stolen or something. I didn’t know. I really didn’t think something so awful had happened,” she says.
Investigators say the driver of the car that hit Ashton stopped and cooperated with police. They say alcohol was not a factor.
One witness told police that when Ashton rode out onto 9 Mile, he came out from behind a parked van. That witness told police there was no way that car could have stopped.
Police are still investigating, but say at the time of the accident, it was raining and it was dark.
They’re reminding everyone to be careful while behind the wheel or just crossing the street. They are also stressing the importance of crossing the street at a crosswalk.
Amy Vest also has a 7-year-old daughter.