Vigil for brother, sister killed by hit and run driver

Pictured: Alijah Rovera, age 6, and his sister Alyssa, age 4.

May 27, 2011 4:58:03 AM PDT
An entire community came to grieve together for a 6-year-old boy and his 4-year-old sister who were struck and killed by a hit and run driver.

There were lots of tears and hugs Thursday night as family and friends gathered for a vigil at the intersection of 4th and Lincoln streets in Wilmington where the accident happened.

They were remembering Alijah Rovera, age 6, and his sister Alyssa, age 4.

"If everybody can just keep us in their prayers, we need all the support we can have right now; it's bad enough if you have to bury one child, but she has two children, she's 25 years old and they didn't deserve this," relative Heather Kutchimski said.

Police say it was Wednesday night, just after 11:00, that the children were riding with their mother Stephanie Kutchimski, 25, when their vehicle was struck by a Hyundai driven by a 40-year-old woman at the intersection.

The driver of the Hyundai, who has not been identified by police, fled the scene on foot but was later captured by officers.

Kutchimski was rushed to Christiana Hospital where she remains in serious, but stable condition with a broken collar bone that's pinching her main artery.

"They're going to do surgery, but we're not sure, they think she's probably going to be paralyzed," victims' relative Carmen Negron said.

Through their pain and agony, some relatives say they want the 40-year-old driver of the Hyundai to pay dearly for what she took from them.

"They need to charge her, she ran, she left the scene, she killed two innocent babies, they need to charge her," relative Maria Perez said.

"These little kids were the best things that happened, they didn't do nothing wrong to nobody," relative Lewis Green said.

"They took my heart, they took my soul, they took everything away from me," the victims' grandfather Carlos Rivera said.

With the investigation ongoing, so far police have not charged the driver of the Hyundai, but they are holding her in connection with an outstanding warrant on another case.