Friends remember 15-year-old killed in Monday morning crash

PHOENIX (FOX 10) - Police say a 15-year-old has died after he was hit by a car in south Phoenix.

According to Sgt. Vince Lewis with Phoenix police, the teen was hit by a car on Southern Avenue, just west of 7th Street. The teen was crossing Southern Avenue mid-block when he was struck by a car. The teen was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

Police say the driver of the car stayed at the scene following the collision and showed no signs of impairment. Southern Avenue was closed for hours as a result of the incident. Police say the teen was trying to catch a bus to get to school.

Late Monday afternoon, friends of the victim, identified as Keshawn Hubanks, put up a memorial near the scene of the crash.

"I was taking a week off for Christmas, just so I can spend some time with my kids, because I work so much, trying for provide for them," said Nydea Richards, the victim's mother. "I really was looking forward to it. They were looking forward to it. Now, I have one less child."

Friends are also reacting to Hubanks' sudden death.

"it just hurt, bro," said Martel Harris. "I don't know what to say, it's just how my heart feel right now."

Harris also talked about the memories he had with Hubanks.

"We went shopping, we was so happy that we got shoes, not like this, I can't believe this really happened," said Harris.

"I feel like I just lost my little brother, and it hurts so bad, and watching his brother, who was also like my little brother cry, it don't feel right. It don't feel real," said David Edwards.

Friends describe Hubanks as an athlete with a smile that could light the room.

"He was one of the first people I met when I moved in the apartments," said Edwards. "He was always just so sweet and full of life."