Police question St. Louis hit-and-run driver accused of killing 12-year-old

UPDATE:  Police have found a suspect in this case.  

ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - A South St. Louis child was left in the street to die by a hit and run driver.  Family members said 12 year old Clinton Vorce was an outstanding young man who loved video games and robotics.

Vorcewas hit at Delor and Gravois around 8:40 Tuesday night. Police said he crossed Gravois against the light. He died in the hospital just before 4am Wednesday. Police said the car was a red four door Audi.

Bashir Bayat owns a phone store and knew Vorce well. He said Clinton’s family did not have wi-fi so the 12-year-old would use the store’s service.

Clinton may have not been family but Bashir and his co-workers are feeling the loss.  Bayat said, “That’s the saddest thing you can hear. It’s really sad.”  He added Clinton was polite and well behaved.

Clinton was set to enter the 7th grade next week at Long Middle School. Counselors will be brought in to help students cope with their loss. Educators said it’s a skill city kids have to use too often.

Stacy Clay is the school district’s Deputy Superintendent of Student Support Services. He said, “If a child is feeling trauma, and the effects of trauma, it’s going to come out. It can come out in positive constructive way that caring adults can help deal with; or it may come out in ways that we may not like. So, our posture is we want help young people work thru that in constructive way.”

The search continues for the driver of the red Audi.