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Hero's vigil, Sept. 5

By John Published: August 26, 2010

It's been five years since 10-year-old Tony Swain Jr. was killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking to school with his little sister and the case remains open and unsolved. 

Tony will be remembered on Sept. 5 with prayers and a candlelight vigil beginning at 8 p.m. at the at Lovers Lane and Hammel Street. That was where Tony was killed on the morning of Sept. 6, 2005.

Tony and his sister, Charlique, who was turning 6 years old that day, were walking together on their way to Glover Elementary. A crossing guard was helping the children cross the street when an older maroon Ford Thunderbird or Mercury Cougar sped through the intersection.

Tony pushed his sister to safety. The driver never stopped after hitting Tony.

Tony was posthumously awarded hero status by Akron police and the American Red Cross. Since the incident, more prominently marked crosswalks have been added to the intersection and speed cameras have been deployed around school zones across Akron.

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