Missing 13-year-old boy with special needs hit, killed by minivan

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A Gwinnett County family is dealing with a heartbreaking tragedy.

Police say a 13-year-old boy with special needs slipped out of his home and was later hit and killed by a minivan in Loganville.

On Monday, the mother of Jecolia Karikari-Prempe was taking a shower when police say the boy left the house. When she went to check on him, she found that his tablet was in the garage, and the garage door was open. She drove around looking for him.

The mother then called 911 to report her son was missing. Once officers arrived, they continued with the search until the accident call came in.

Investigators believe that Jecolia was attempting to cross Athens Highway around 10:30 p.m. when he was hit by a red minivan. The location of the collision is about 1.3 miles from his home.

Police say the driver of the minivan will likely not face any criminal charges.