POLICE, WHAT ARE THEY SAYING? HADAS: IN THE PAST TWO MINUTES, THEY RELEASED DETAILS ABOUT THE MAN THEY ARE LOOKING FOR, ERNEST PONDER. THE PICTURE THEY HAVE TWO RELEASES FIVE MONTHS OLD. THEY BELIEVE HE LOOKS DIFFERENT AND HIS HAIR IS LIKELY SHORTER. HE HAS TATTOOS ON BOTH ARMS, IS ABOUT FIVE FEET NINE AND WAS LASTING WEARING A WHITE SHIRT AND GRAY SHORTS. HE WAS GONE BY THE TIME POLICE GOT HERE. THE SEARCH STRETCHED 1.5 MILES AWAY. POLICE TOOK SOMEONE IN THE CUSTODY, WE HAVE NOT BEEN ABLE TO CONFIRM IF THAT IS RELATED TO WHAT HAPPENED HERE. HE DITCHED THE CAR AND RAN OFF. >> I DON’T KNOW WHY HE FLED FROM THE SCENE. IRIGHT NOW, MY FOCUS IS ON THE FAMILY, WE ARE TRYING TO GET THEM SOME COUNSELING. HADAS: THE TODDLER WAS JUST 22 MONTHS OLD. WE ARE CHECKING WITH POLICE FOR ANY POTENTIAL UPDATES MAY HAVE IN THE SEARCH. IN THE MEANTIME, IF YOU KNOW WHERE ERNEST PON

Search underway for Daytona Beach driver who hit, killed child, then ran off, police say

A search is underway in Daytona Beach for a driver who took off after running over and killing a toddler, police say. Officials with the Daytona Beach Police Department said the child was struck near North Charles Street in Daytona Beach. Police said it appears the driver was backing out of a parking space at an apartment complex, hit the child, panicked, then allegedly drove off.The child killed has been identitified as Ar’myis Ford, police said. Investigators said they are looking for Earnest Ponder, 29, in connection with the crash. Investigators said the picture of Ponder that is being circulated is about five months old and they believe he may have shorter hair. Ponder has tattoos on both arms, and is between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, gray shorts, and glasses.Ponder was gone by the time police got to North Charles Street by George Engram, which sparked a search stretching at least a mile and a half away. “Don’t know why he fled from the scene here, I don’t know but right now. The focus is on the family. We’re trying to get them some counseling and help them out. It’s very tragic,” Daytona Beach police Chief Craig Capri said.

A search is underway in Daytona Beach for a driver who took off after running over and killing a toddler, police say.

Officials with the Daytona Beach Police Department said the child was struck near North Charles Street in Daytona Beach. Police said it appears the driver was backing out of a parking space at an apartment complex, hit the child, panicked, then allegedly drove off.

The child killed has been identitified as Ar’myis Ford, police said.

Investigators said they are looking for Earnest Ponder, 29, in connection with the crash.

Investigators said the picture of Ponder that is being circulated is about five months old and they believe he may have shorter hair.

Ponder has tattoos on both arms, and is between 5 feet, 5 inches and 5 feet, 11 inches tall. He was last seen wearing a white shirt, gray shorts, and glasses.

Ponder was gone by the time police got to North Charles Street by George Engram, which sparked a search stretching at least a mile and a half away.

“Don’t know why he fled from the scene here, I don’t know but right now. The focus is on the family. We’re trying to get them some counseling and help them out. It’s very tragic,” Daytona Beach police Chief Craig Capri said.



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