Austin Birdseye, pictured along with his mom Christina, was run over and killed after his mother’s boyfriend Bryan Starr, proper, made him get out of his automobile on a darkish and wet night time (Photos: GoFundMe/Russell County Jail)
A 5 year-old boy was struck and killed after his mom’s boyfriend stopped their automobile and made him get out to punish him for misbehaving, investigators say. Austin Birdseye died in Russell County, Alabama, on Sunday night time after his mom’s associate Bryan Starr, 35, pulled their automobile over by a church and ordered Austin out.
The teen then wandered onto the close by Freeway 165, the place he was struck by a passing car. Austin was rushed to Piedmont Columbus Regional Hospital, the place he later died. Starr mentioned he stopped the automobile as a result of Austin was ‘being unruly’ and claims to have overlooked the boy at midnight and wet circumstances.
It’s unclear how lengthy Austin had been out of the automobile for earlier than he was hit, with Russell County Sheriff’s Workplace now combing native surveillance cameras to try to verify a timeline. Austin’s mom Christina was not within the automobile on the time of the incident, which occurred a couple of miles away from the house she shares with Starr.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor informed WRBL: ‘It’s simply horrific. I can’t think about the mom’s grief that she goes via. It’s simply powerful. What do you say to that? What’s your thought course of whenever you inform a five-year-old to get out of the automobile on a wet night time as a result of they had been loud within the automobile? It’s simply heartbreaking.’
Sheriff Taylor mentioned no costs could be introduced in opposition to the unidentified driver who struck Austin. Starr, a US Military soldier stationed at Fort Benning who served one tour of obligation to Iraq, has been charged with reckless homicide.
A GoFundMe page set as much as pay for Austin’s funeral mentioned: ‘Austin was at all times the middle of any impromptu front room dance occasion, the great little boy who would chat about nearly something and with anybody within the grocery retailer, the one who knew all of the phrases to each music as he sung them on the high of his lungs whereas within the automobile.
‘He was at all times loving and by no means let any alternative move him by to take pleasure in enjoyable.’
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