A young Florida boy was discovered in the middle part of a Tampa street late on Sunday evening and was rushed to a local hospital in extremely critical condition. He later passed away, reported Florida State Police. They are now investigating how the child happened to be tossed out of an automobile, the authorities explained on Monday morning.
An eyewitness declared to detectives that he saw a four year old boy, later identified as Marterrance Albury, being thrown from a vehicle on Sunday night. Both state and local police are actively looking for a green Ford Expedition. It is thought that type of automobile is the one allegedly involved in the episode. There have been no arrests made yet in the case.
Witnesses made emergency calls about the child and Marterrance was found at the center of North Florida and East 109th Avenues just to the west of Interstate 275 at around 9:50 p.m. late Sunday evening. They told the dispatchers about what had happened and police were immediately sent to the scene.
Observers told police that they saw the young boy tumbling out the back passenger side door of the Ford Expedition which was traveling south. Another lone witness, who had been in his own automobile and driving right behind the green Expedition stated that he actually saw Marterrance plummet out and drop on his head before the Ford’s back tires ended up rolling on top of him. That witness reportedly rang emergency services as well.
Observers also explained about how the vehicle never attempted to stop after the young boy was in the street. Even though he was rushed to a nearby hospital, he was in grave condition and ended up dying from his massive injuries just a couple of hours later.
A Tampa Police spokesperson explained that obviously, they were looking at security cameras located both up and down this stretch of road to see what they might be able to see. They mainly want to figure out exactly just how the child ended up in the road in the first place. That is their top concern to begin with. It still remains unclear if the young boy was shoved from the vehicle or if he fell out by accident
Supposedly less than 30 minutes after Marterrance had been seen falling from the vehicle, a teenage male approached the Florida police officers at the scene and declared to them that he was unable to find his little brother, according to police records. Joantea L. Williams, age 36, and who is also Marterrance’s mother, stated she had left the young child alone in the care of the older sibling late Sunday while she went to visit with a friend. The family was reported as residing in an apartment at 10901 Brittany Lane, Tampa, which is next to to the section of North Florida Ave. where the incident happened.
The spokesperson stated that Williams came back to her apartment around 4 a.m. and that was when police officers informed her as to what had occurred. The mother allegedly became ‘hysterical,” and started to make statements about wanting to take her own life. Because of this, Williams was placed in protective custody under the Baker Act due to concern for her own safety.
Florida detectives continue to work trying to determine who was actually behind the wheel of the Expedition, why Marterrance was a passenger in it and why he ended up tumbling out of the automobile. The authorities admit that there are still numerous unanswered questions.
Because of them, local police were visiting different businesses in the area Monday morning to see if anyone might have extra taped video of the episode. What film they do have from local red lights and also business cameras gave detectives the clues about the green Ford Expedition.
Marterrance was discovered in the middle part of a Tampa street late on Sunday evening and was rushed to a local hospital in extremely critical condition. He later passed away, reported Florida State Police. They are now investigating how the child happened to be tossed out of the automobile, the authorities explained on Monday morning.
By Kimberly Ruble