Chicago Baby Dies In Indy Hit-And-Run Crash

By Rob Elgas
|  Thursday, Mar 6, 2014  |  Updated 10:37 PM CDT
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Boy's parents react to losing their young son. Rob Elgas reports.

Boy's parents react to losing their young son. Rob Elgas reports.

A Chicago boy died Tuesday in an Indianapolis hit-and-run crash.

Yahweh Benjamin James was killed when he was ejected from a child safety seat in the vehicle and landed near a guardrail on I-65. He died later at the hospital.

Police say two occupants of the car that struck the victim's vehicle were seen running from the scene. The driver, 30-year-old Gary Shinnamon, was later arrested and charged with failure to stop at an accident resulting in death and two counts of driving with a suspended license.

The family was in the midst of moving to Indianapolis in an attempt to provide a safer environment for their kids.

"They took my baby from me. They took him too early," the victim's mother, Kashica Whitfield, said. "Sweet boy, always smiling, playful ... he was just never a problem."

The victim's father, Warren Shafford, helped police identify the suspect.

"He had to be going 75-80 mph when he ran into us," Shafford said.

The boy's parents say Yahweh was strapped into his car seat, but the impact of the crash was too severe to secure him.

The family just returned to Chicago Thursday night and plan to arrange a fund to help pay for funeral expenses.

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