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Teacher surrenders in hit-run death of 6-year-old Texas boy

Raidy family photo

John Paul Raidy, 6, was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Grand Prairie, Texas, Thursday night.

A Grand Prairie, Texas, middle school teacher turned herself in to police Tuesday in connection with a hit-and-run that killed 6-year-old John Paul Raidy.


Grand Prairie police identified the woman as 53-year-old Tammy Lowe, a seventh-grade teacher at Adams Middle School in Grand Prairie.

Lowe has been charged with failure to stop and render aid. She is also expected to face a charge of injury to a child.

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Raidy, a first-grader at Austin Elementary in Grand Prairie, was hit by a car at about 7:30 p.m. Jan. 24 as he crossed the street with his mother and sister.


Police said the driver ran a red light that investigators determined had been red for 14 seconds. Police said the collision was so powerful that Raidy landed on the hood of the car and was carried 100 yards before landing on the pavement.

Investigators said the vehicle that hit him stopped briefly and then drove off southbound on Carrier Parkway.

Raidy was taken by ambulance to Arlington Memorial Hospital where he died.

On Saturday, a memorial grew near the crash scene after his mother, Lauren, made an emotional plea Friday to find the car's driver.
 
"He loved school, he loved all his friends and you took him from us," the boy's mother said. "I pray they grow a conscience and turn themselves in for doing this to a 6-year-old boy."

Raidy would have turned 7 years old next month.

NBC 5's Ken Kalthoff and Andres Gutierrez contributed to this report.