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Father of boy hit by car mourns at makeshift memorial

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Bryan's father wept over a makeshift memorial Friday afternoon. Bryan's father wept over a makeshift memorial Friday afternoon.
Bryan Guevara, 8, was killed Thursday when he was hit by a car. Bryan Guevara, 8, was killed Thursday when he was hit by a car.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A family is grieving after 8-year-old Bryan Guevara was killed when he was hit by a car in front of his home Thursday night.

According to his family members, the boy was playing in the street on Western Park Drive when a woman was backing out of a neighbor's driveway. She did not see the little boy behind her.

The boy's family says their mobile home park is rundown and there is nowhere for the neighborhood kids to play but in the streets. So when the weather warmed up, that is where the kids ended up Thursday.

Today, Bryan's father, Epolito Guevara, wept over the makeshift memorial that rose in the spot where his son was killed.

"I can't believe it. I can't believe it," cried Bryan's father, Epolito Guevara. "Because, you know, my baby, my best friend."

Bryan was rushed to LeBonheur Children's Hospital where he died.

"Like 30 minutes passed by and they went in there and the doctor said he couldn't make it," said Bryan's sister, Magali.

The driver, Magdalena Roman, 38, was arrested and is facing charges for not having a driver's license or proof of insurance.

The Guevara family says the mobile home park is run down and there are not enough signs to caution drivers about all of the children in the area. There is also no playground, which is why Bryan's family says the kids play in the streets.

It is a dangerous pastime that cost Bryan Guevara his life.

"He was my best friend," Epolito said through tears. "We did everything together but he's not coming back."

He continued, "I understand that he's not back no more, he's going to be, I think, up in the sky, I hope, so he is in the sky right now."

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