CINCINNATI -- It's been more than a month since Brianna Smith learned her son was hurt in a car crash.
Ariyonte Grace-Holloway, known as "Tay-Tay" to his family, went to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in critical condition Aug. 1. He died there Sunday.
He was 10 years old.
"I can't even explain it," Smith said. "It's been real tough. It's been tough... I was trying to hold on for as long as I can."
The boy was riding with his father, Adriel Holloway, when they slammed into a tree near Lincoln Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
According to both a witness and police, Holloway tried to walk away from the wreck, abandoning his son with life-threatening injuries. At the time, police said Holloway was likely both impaired and driving too fast.
"I don't say I hate people," Smith said, "but I dislike him a lot for that."
Smith, along with Tay-Tay's grandmother and stepfather, looked through family photos Monday. He was a smart, handsome and helpful child, they said.
"He was always energetic," Smith said. "He always kept that smile. He loved his brothers and sisters."
In photos, Tay-Tay always posed with his head turned and little muscles flexed, grandmother Cheryl Holloway said.
"The memories will keep us going, because he was so bright -- even though we only had 10 years," she said. "He was a joy. Tay is unexplainable."