After 24 excruciatingly long days on life support at St. Mary’s Medical Center, Isaiah Nasir Reynolds-Blue died Monday afternoon from inoperable brain damage sustained in a hit-and-run wreck Nov. 4.
He was about a month shy of his 14th birthday.
For as much of those 24 days as doctors would let her, Desiree Reynolds held her only child’s hand and prayed for a miracle. Relatives from as far as New Jersey cycled through the medical center, bringing food, toiletries and support.
Isaiah was walking home at about 9:30 p.m. Nov. 4 when he was hit and thrown by a Toyota Corolla in the crosswalk at the intersection of Military Trail and Cherry Road just west of the city limits, the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office said.
Isaiah was walking with a friend, who stepped back when the Corolla barrelled toward them, his great-aunt Jorie Volatile Hernandez said. Isaiah, however, froze. A witness told deputies the gray-colored Corolla momentarily stopped, then fled.
The seventh-grader at Renaissance Charter School at West Palm Beach didn’t break a single bone, according to his great-aunt. His brain bore the brunt of the fall.
In its initial report, the sheriff’s office said it was unclear whether the boys or the car had the right of way. Isaiah’s family said the driver had a red light. It does not appear anyone has been charged in Isaiah’s death, which his family said has been ruled a homicide. The sheriff’s office said it is pursuing “a few leads” in the case. Anyone with information is asked to contact sheriff’s office Investigator Sean Ramsey at 561-681-4540.
Isaiah’s classmates raised more than $1,400 for him two weeks ago, Volatile Hernandez said. Students paid $2 to dress down — they usually wear uniforms — in Isaiah’s favorite color, orange.
Support has poured in from across the country as well. A Lutheran church in San Diego sent a prayer quilt. Dozens have sent cards, made signs and wished the teen well, Volatile Hernandez said. A GoFundMe page set up online for Isaiah’s medical expenses raised more than $5,500 from 88 people in the first 20 days in which it has been active.
Isaiah’s family hasn’t finalized funeral arrangements, but is planning on having a service Saturday at the Palm Beach Memorial Funeral Home on North Seacrest Boulevard to remember the athletic teen who loved the NFL’s Green Bay Packers and playing basketball, Volatile Hernandez said.
WANT TO HELP?Jorie Volatile Hernandez set up a GoFundMe page to help pay her great-nephew’s medical expenses. You can donate at: https://www.gofundme.com/isaiahs-medical-fund