UPDATE: Reward increased to $9,500, family pleads for driver to come forward in deadly hit and run

A Riverside High School senior died after being hit on Edgewood Avenue South and Roosevelt Service Road on Sept. 11, and the suspected driver is still at large.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — UPDATE 9/29/2021 3:00 p.m.:

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office announces the reward for information regarding the Sept. 11 deadly hit and run investigation has increased thanks to a donation from Firehouse Subs.

In addition to Crime Stoppers’ reward of up to $3,000, Firehouse Subs donated $6,500, increasing the total up to $9,500 for information that leads to an arrest.

JSO also updated information regarding the search for the suspected driver.

After the suspect abandoned the car that hit the victim (Hyundai Sonata) on Edgewood Avenue South and Roosevelt Boulevard Service Road, the suspect entered a car described as a 2016-2017 silver Infiniti Q50.

If you have any information on this deadly hit and run, call JSO at 904-630-0500 or email JSOCrimeTips@jaxsheriff.org. To remain anonymous and receive a possible reward of up to $9,500, call Crime Stoppers at 1-866-845-TIPS (8477).

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ORIGINAL STORY 9/16/2021:

A Jacksonville family is begging for the person who left their son to die to come forward.

Michael Walton, better known as Prince, was a senior at Riverside High School.

On Saturday, Sept. 11 he was taking the SAT but never made it home.

According to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, a driver ran a red light causing a crash, then left the scene and abandoned his car.

Prince was the one he crashed into and left. His parents say he later succumbed to his injuries from the crash.

It happened at the intersection of Edgewood Avenue South and Roosevelt Boulevard Service Road Saturday morning.

Police say the suspect’s vehicle is a 2022 Hyundai Sonata. Investigators describe him as a black man, approximately 5 feet, 5 inches tall with low-cut hair wearing dark-colored clothing. He entered a silver vehicle on Edgewood Avenue, possibly a rideshare vehicle.

Walton’s mom, Renee, pleads, “You left our baby...didn’t check on him...you didn’t call 911, but we ask that you please just come forward and if there’s someone out there that’s watching this and you know the person don’t let him hide don’t let him get away with this.”

Bailey Husker

Bailey Husker, Action News Jax

Bailey Husker is a digital content producer and assignment editor for Action News Jax.