Family of 10-year-old hit-and-run victim prepares to say goodbye

Troy Erving
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Published: Nov. 11, 2021 at 4:03 PM CST
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PEORIA (25 NEWS) - Ariel Ivory, the mother of 10-year-old Troy Erving -- hit by a vehicle while riding a bike, tells 25 News the family “is saying their final goodbyes.”

Ivory says her son is in grave condition.

Erving’s family describes him as an adventurous kid who loves basketball and football.

Ivory said he was riding his bike home from a friend’s house when he was hit Tuesday, November 9 around 7:15 p.m. on the 1600 block of Northeast Glen Oak Avenue.

Ivory said she found out from a relative that he was hit and rushed to the scene.

“I get there, my baby’s on the ground, and they doing CPR,” Ivory said.

“They [did] it all the way to the hospital,” she added. “I really, really, really want to thank the doctor that jumped on scene -he wasn’t even on duty. He jumped on scene and did CPR on my son.”

Erving was transported to the hospital with serious injuries.

Ivory said he suffered serious brain injuries, including a fractured skull and swelling in his brain.

“It hurts,” Ivory said. “It do, it hurts.”

Virgena hollie // troy’s grandmother

“The attention lies on where the fault really is and who’s laying in the hospital and who’s really suffering- which is my grandson,” Erving’s grandmother Virgena Hollie said.

Karrie L. Brunswig, 43, of Peoria, was found and arrested Wednesday.

“She needs to be under the jail,” Ivory said.

“She needs to get the hardest penalty ever,” she continued. “For you to hit a child- a ten year old child, leave for dead and keep going. You have no remorse, you have no feelings. She shouldn’t have never been on the road in the first place.”

The Peoria County Jail says Brunswig appeared in court Thursday where bond was set at $1 million.

Among numerous traffic offenses, online court records indicate Brunswig faces two felonies -- leaving the scene of an accident and driving while license suspended.

Neighbors told 25 News Wednesday that cars always speed through the area -- leaving them worried about their safety.

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