Hope is the thing with feathers.
Neallie Junior Saxon III, 22 months old, was fatally struck by a driver in a Florida neighborhood.
A Florida woman was dragged out of her vehicle and attacked after she fatally struck a little boy, police said.
According to the Broward County Sheriff's Office, authorities were called to a neighborhood in Deerfield Beach on Sunday afternoon after a child was hit by a car.
The little boy, 22-month-old Neallie Junior Saxon III, was airlifted to Fort Lauderdale Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
The sheriff's department said in a Facebook post that the child had been outside playing ball with several other children without adult supervision Sunday afternoon.
A witness allegedly told officers that the children often go outside by themselves.
Authorities said the ball the kids were playing with "rolled or was thrown out of the yard causing several children to chase it into the street."
A woman, whose identity is being withheld, was driving down the street and her SUV struck Neallie knocking him down.
In a press release, police said the woman was driving the speed limit and they believe she became distracted by the children "darting in and out of the street."
"The victim was shorter than the vehicle's bumper, and according to THI detectives, it is unlikely that he would have been visible from the driver's perspective," the department wrote.
Police said the woman was unaware she hit Neallie and kept driving. When she stopped at a nearby stop sign several people dragged her out of the car and beat her.
She was treated at a local hospital for several injuries, including fractures to her face and head.