Cleveland Police make another plea for help in fatal hit and run.


CLEVELAND -- Investigators are making another plea for the public's help to find the driver who struck and killed a 5-year-old boy near West 37th Street and Denison Avenue.

Back in October, Israel Thornton was crossing Denison to get to the school bus when someone hit him and then fled the scene.

Lt. James O'Malley says Cleveland police impounded a vehicle matching the description and had it forensically tested; however, it was not a match to Thornton's DNA.

Based on surveillance video, investigators are focusing on three different types of SUVs, including the KIA Sorento, Dodge Journey and Jeep Laredo.

"There are certain characteristics, picked out in the video as it passed the bus, that we can eliminate, so we can focus more on a few," said Lt. James O'Malley with Cleveland police.

Police say the driver was mostly likely coming from the West 38th Street ramp on the way to or from work. Police also believe the driver is linked to the neighborhood.

Investigators say they need tips, no matter how insignificant they may seem.

"We want to give this family closure. They buried a 5-year-old child. They should have the closure they deserve," said O'Malley