Hit-and-Run in Fresno Co. Leaves Middle Schooler Dead

April 10, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
12-year-old Sage Corpus died Friday night, while walking with a group of friends at South and Dewolf, near Fowler.                  |   Watch Videos Above for Extended Coverage   |

The crash happened around 11:15 p.m. at South and Dewolf, near Fowler.

Sage Corpus was with four of his friends when he died. Only one other boy was hit; he was released from the hospital Saturday morning. He says the driver who hit them was trying to pass another car and that it happened so fast, they never saw him get away.

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"I can't believe he did that because he just swerved right into us," said Connor Tuner.

13-year-old Connor Turner was one of five boys walking alongside South Avenue in Fresno County Friday night when someone driving a pickup truck lost control and veered right into them. The driver ditched the truck and took off running.

Connor was left with cuts, bruises, and a dislocated knee. His best friend, 12-year-old Sage Corpus, died on scene.

"I just remember waking up, and calling for Brandon to help me up and then I was lying next to sage trying to wake him up."

Connor says the group decided to walk home from a bowling alley in Selma because they did not want to wait for a ride.

On Saturday, Sage Corpus' family visited the scene to honor the Sutter Middle School student. They describe him as a loving kid who liked to laugh and dance.

"Good hearted, funny, never did anything to anybody."

Their only hope now is that the person responsible for his death comes forward. "And you need to turn yourself in because you killed a 12-year-old boy that was so full of life and you took him from us. Why why? why?"

It's the same question Connor Turner has asked himself repeatedly as his physical injuries heal and the emotional ones start to sink in.

"I wish we would have just called and got picked up cause nothing would have ever happened."

The California Highway Patrol says they have a person of interest and are following up on several leads, but at this point, they have not made any arrests.

Again, Sage Corpus went to Sutter Middle School in Fowler. School administrators tell us there will be counselors on campus Monday.