Only on 12: Mother of 9-year-old boy hit, killed on bike says he 'was always cautious'

By: Sheli Muniz Email
By: Sheli Muniz Email
Brando Cervantes (WRDW-TV)

Brando Cervantes (WRDW-TV)

News 12 at 11 o'clock / Thursday, June 21, 2012

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ga. -- Troopers say a third grade boy was riding his bike to meet his parents at their job for lunch when a car hit and killed him.

The Geo Tracker pushed the bike more than 100 yards down the road, according to troopers.

Clarks Mill Road in Jefferson County is not a very busy road.

Mary Solis, Brando's babysitter and family friend, told us about when she got the call.

"I said, 'What's wrong?' 'Brando just passed away.' I said, 'What? How did he?' And they told me he had been run over," she said.

His parents were working at Central Steel Building Systems just down the street from their home.

Solis now finds herself caring for his parents, who are left in disbelief.

"Believe me. I feel alone, because he was my translator, he was everything for us, the happiness for this home," said Delfina Diaz-Cervantes, Brando's mother.

Delfina, who primarily speaks Spanish, says her son loved to read and would often read to them in English.

"He was a very happy boy, very good and everywhere he went, he was welcome," she said.

Brando was their only son and had just gotten the bike.

"People always told me, 'Ma'am, God bless him because this child is so helpful.'"

Troopers say a couple was heading down Clarks Mill Road when Brando darted in front of them.

"He was careful. Brando was a very careful child," Solis said.

The family is questioning if the driver's speed played a factor. Regardless, they say, answers won't bring him back.

"I will miss him so much, I love him so much," Delfina said.

The speed limit along that stretch of road is 55 miles per hour.

Troopers say the driver will not face charges.

This crash is all the more difficult because the family works and lives just within the same block where they lost their son. They'll have to pass that spot every day.

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