Family speaks out after 1-year-old boy struck and killed by SUV

Bently Blake
Bently Blake
Randalla Wright (Source: Butler County Jail)
Randalla Wright (Source: Butler County Jail)

OXFORD, OH (FOX19) - On Friday, Sept. 2, Bently Blake was tragically killed when he was hit by an SUV near the intersection of Michelle Drive and Merry Day Drive in Oxford.

On Tuesday, the driver of the SUV, Randalla Wright of Oxford, was in a Fairfield court being arraigned on charges separate from the incident.  Police have charged Wright with driving on a suspended license. She also had an open warrant for deception to obtain a dangerous drug.

Wright has not been charged in the incident involving her SUV hitting and killing 1-year-old Bently Blake.

Police say the child's mother was talking to a bus driver about one of her other children when the 1-year-old walked into the road. The toddler then stepped in front of an SUV and suffered life-threatening injuries.

Oxford Police transported the toddler to McCullough-Hyde Hospital where he died of his injuries.

Family members of the toddler say they're still not sure what happened, but know Bently was lost in a split second. Bently's grandmother Belinda Shirley says her daughter didn't see Bently get hit by the SUV.

"She turned around and the baby was laying on the ground and the next thing she was just running with her baby to the police officer who was down the street," said Shirley.

Shirley says the fact that the person allegedly responsible for hitting Bently with her vehicle wasn't supposed to be behind the wheel, makes this even more of a tragedy.

"I don't know who she is, I don't know why she was driving, or actually why she moved because the bus was still stopped with the lights on," said Shirley.

The incident is still under investigation. Funeral arrangements have been set for Wednesday afternoon at Webb Noonan Funeral Home in Hamilton.

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