Family Pleads For Justice After Vehicle Strikes Young Mother, Kills Toddler

A local family has lost their 2-year-old boy after an alleged hit-and-run. Philadelphia police released surveillance video of the car they believe hit him. The driver of that car is still on the loose as the search is intensifying.  On Thursday, that little boy's family spoke for the first time and pleaded for justice.

On Thursday, 19-year-old Josephine Rivera returned home from the hospital after making the most difficult decision of her life. 2-year-old David Alicea was taken off lifesupport.

"Shame on you. Shame on you for going right by here hitting two innocent lives--taking one and you're out there like nothing. How dare you. Don't think you can hide," said relative Diana Sanchez.

Heartbroken family members of 2-year-old David Alicea cried out for justice outside their home along the 2700 block of Mascher Street. They were standing feet from the very spot David and his mother 19-year-old Josephine Rivera were mowed down Monday night allegedly by a white 2007 Infinity Sedan speeding down their street.

"A beautiful, gorgeous, handsome little boy whose going to be missed," said Diana.

That bright happy boy was taken off lifesupport at Children's Hospital on Thursday. His mother suffered a fractured skull and pelvis after the alleged hit-and-run. Doctors treated Josephine--also known as Josie-- at CHOP so she was at by David's bedside. 

"To now have to live with burying her 2-year- old--that's just unfair," said Denise.

Police released surveillance video of the car they say hit David and Josie and then took off. Investigators say it has a moonroof and two men may have been inside. With the reward for information up to $20,000 police and family is asking anyone with information to help bring closure to this grieving family.

"Just turn yourself in, just turn yourself in," said a family friend.

If you have any information, please contact Philadelphia police. 

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