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Father of 4-year-old struck by car apologizes to the family of the driver who was shot, killed

"I have no malice in my heart"
Posted: 11:56 PM, Mar 25, 2017
Updated: 2017-03-25 23:56:58-04

CINCINNATI -- The 4-year-old boy struck by a car Friday in Walnut Hills was released from the hospital Saturday with bleeding in his brain, his father Jamal Killings said.

The boy was hit on Kenton Street between Burbank and Wilkinson streets at about noon Friday, according to police. Police said he crossed the roadway in front of the car and was struck.

An altercation developed between the onlookers and the driver, 44-year-old Jamie Urton, who was then out of the vehicle, and someone shot him. Urton died later at the hospital.

 

Killings said he didn’t realize what had happened to Urton following the incident. 

"My job as a father was to get my son face first off the concrete and take him to see medical attention, and that's what I did,” Killings said.

Killings said his son wasn’t in the middle of the street when he was hit.

"The car came from the bottom of my street, going about 45 miles per hour,” Killings said. “I initially stopped the car, you know a lot of kids play on that street -- that's residential, 15-25. I initially stopped him. He slowed down a bit and then swerve around me, hitting my other son. My son wasn't hit in the middle of the street. He was hit on the curb."

Killings said the incident was tragic for everyone involved, and he expressed condolences to Urton’s family.

"I apologize for your loss. I don't condone violence. I don't teach my kids violence,” Killings said. “That should never have happened … an unfortunate situation, unfortunate event, but I hope we all can learn from this."

Anyone with information on the incident should call Crimestoppers.