Antzavious Ellison died Thursday morning after a crash Wednesday night on Orange Avenue, according to Fort Pierce Police.
FORT PIERCE — A 10-year-old boy died Thursday morning after being struck by a vehicle Wednesday night, a Fort Pierce police spokesman said.
Antzavious Ellison died at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Heart Institute in Fort Pierce about 8:30 a.m. Thursday, said Ed Cunningham, police spokesman.
St. Lucie County Fire District crews were called at 8:48 p.m. Wednesday to the crash in the 1800 block of Orange Avenue, said Fire District spokeswoman Brenda Stokes.
Cunningham said Antzavious’s aunt and uncle, Calvin Johnson, 31, were crossing Orange Avenue from south to north. He said Antzavious got ahead of them and was struck by the westbound van.
“It appears the child ran into the road and it was dark out,” Cunningham said.
Cunningham said Johnson attacked the van driver, punching him and knocking him to the ground.
The driver of the van told police that after the crash, Johnson ran up and said, “You killed my nephew!” a police report said. He said Johnson started punching him in the face.
Johnson, of the 1400 block of Avenue F in Fort Pierce, was arrested on battery and violation of probation charges, Cunningham said.
“We understand that emotions run high and it was a terrible scene out there, but no one should ever attack anybody after an accident,” Cunningham said.
“It complicates the scene for responding officers, and increases danger to everybody involved.”
The crash happened in front of RS Food Mart, and police reported finding the child on the north side of the road near the sidewalk.
Nelson Perez, 16, lives on the south side of Orange Avenue.
“When I came out, everything was just like commotion,” he said. “People walking around, there was a lot of things happening.”
Cunningham said police are investigating, but said police do not anticipate charges against the van driver.
Johnson was held Thursday in the St. Lucie County Jail with no bond, a jail official said.
Antzavious Ellison died at Lawnwood Regional Medical Center Heart Institute in Fort Pierce about 8:30 a.m. Sept. 28 after being struck by a vehicle the night before.