Grandmother seeks closure 6 years after toddler death

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A vehicle hit and killed Emma Williams’ two-year-old grandson on Fort Wayne’s southeast side in 2008. Since there’s still no word on who did it, Williams hopes to bring new life to the cold case by shedding light on it six years later.

In May of 2008, Darshawn Lott was hit by a vehicle on Winter Street just off McKinnie. Little Darshawn, only two, died at the hospital. At the time, police said they had received conflicting information about the suspect vehicle. Some said it was an SUV, others a truck.

Six years later, the pain for Williams and other family members is still very real.

“It’s been so hard. Like we always talk about him and we miss him and I wish whoever hit him would come forward so we can get a peace of mind,” Williams said.

Williams initially contacted NewsChannel 15 about the anniversary of Darshawn’s death. She ultimately wants closure for her family.

Williams said she especially misses the joy her grandson brought to so many people.

“He would get up in the morning and just make everyone feel good when he came around,” Williams said. “Everybody loved him. Everybody.”

The Fort Wayne Police Department wasn’t able to provide an update to the cold case on Monday. Anyone with information on the fatal 2008 hit and run on Winter Street should call CrimeStoppers at (260) 436-STOP.

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