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19-year-old motorcycle driver says he “couldn’t live” with guilt after killing 7-year-old boy in Port Richey

The 7-year-old was out looking at Christmas lights with his family

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PORT RICHEY, Fla.: A Florida man who fled the scene of a motorcycle crash that killed a young boy surrendered to police.

"couldn’t live" with guilt after killing 7-year-old

According to the records the 7-year-old Marquel Anthony McClendonwas out looking at Christmas lights with his family on Saturday when the motorcycle driven by Shaun Elliott Wyrich hit him.

As per the investigators, the 7-year-old wanted to go for a walk with his family to look at the neighborhood Christmas lights. They were crossing a road about 9:20 p.m. when Wyrich hit the boy while driving his 2019 Kawasaki EX400 motorcycle at a “high rate of speed.”

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The reports say the 19-year-old Shaun Elliott Wyrich surrendered to Florida Highway Patrol troopers. He told them his first instinct after the crash was to flee because he knew he wasn’t licensed to legally drive the motorcycle.

“I couldn’t live with myself knowing what I had done,” Wyrich told investigators on Sunday afternoon.

The court records show Wyrich now faces a felony charge of failing to stop/remain at a crash involving death and a misdemeanor charge of operating a motorcycle without a license.

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Written by Jennica Mira

Jennica Mira is the senior reporter of Orlando Solution. She finished her Bachelor in Communication from the University of Central Florida and currently residing in Orlando. In leisure, she likes to read poetry and contemporary articles.

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  1. .Senior Reorter wow these times thdse days are just settling for anyone telling a story to an action that has happened with such Tradegy and then again such thought this whyrich was thinking about what he had done and his own self couldnt stand the thought of killing a child.The human mind is a terrible thing to waste.Good day.

  2. Years ago a young wealthy white teen hit and killed a little black boy while on his way to purchase drugs in Newark, NJ. The young man turned himself in but a few days later ended up taking his own life because he could not live with what he has done.
    It’s good to know many people still have a conscious, but was really sad to hear that the young man took his life. I’m glad to hear that this one just decided to turn himself in.

    • Indeed. It’s got to be very hard, to live with what you have done, when a life was lost. I hope that they will provide this young man, with the counciling he truly needs.

    • Thats so sad people was probably on him mad at him talking about him, i just hate he couldn’t get council are some kind of help. Too have him kill hisself its hard breaking. We all have made some bad mistakes in life . it was wrong he didn’t stop and i pray for the lil child family no matter how hard we couldn’t bring him back. I pray for the boy that took his life family. In situation like this its shouldn’t be a black and white issue to me color don’t matter because the way i read it its not like he plan to do this
      Father take care both these families.

    • Why are you talking about black and white? This has nothing to do with race whatsoever. This is a terrible tragedy for all involved.
      As was the accident you referred to. Has nothing to do with black or white or rich or poor.
      So sad for someone to point out race in a situation like this.

    • What does race or ones wealth have to do with your story?Did you think if you used white and wealth he would get more sympathy for killing himself?Smh!

      Prayers to the little boys family.I will keep your family in my prayers.

  3. Glad to see he turned himself in. That is a rare event. I praise him for his
    Heart leading him to do whats right. Sorry about the victim, my heart and prayers are with the family.

  4. What A Very Sad Accident.I’m So Sorry To The Family That Lost There Little Boy.And To The Young Man That Turned Himself In You Are A Good Person.When Your Done Serving Your Time Be An Angel To Those People.Ya’ll Can Help Eachother Through The Pain.GOD Love’s Ya’ll !!

  5. Indeed. It’s got to be very hard, to live with what you have done, when a life was lost. I hope that they will provide this young man, with the counciling he truly needs.

  6. Everyone makes bad decisions, mistakes if you will. Sometimes those choices break hearts. Acknowledging your mistakes is the right, good choice. Acceptance and forgiveness follow if the humans involved
    are believers. Blessings to all involved, and that’s ALL of us.

  7. Sorry for both sides of this tragedy that took a little ones life but thanks to the young man who hit him. God be with the family in this time of horrible actions. May God be with the family in their loss and watch over everyone. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

  8. Thats so sad people was probably on him mad at him talking about him, i just hate he couldn’t get council are some kind of help. Too have him kill hisself its hard breaking. We all have made some bad mistakes in life . it was wrong he didn’t stop and i pray for the lil child family no matter how hard we couldn’t bring him back. I pray for the boy that took his life family. In situation like this its shouldn’t be a black and white issue to me color don’t matter because the way i read it its not like he plan to do this
    Father take care both these families.

  9. That is so sad! I’m glad he proved he has a conscience. The entire situation is so sad. I respect the 19 year old for turning himself in. My prayers for both their families, & the little boy. God bless his soul. And, the 19 year old boy.

  10. MY DEEPEST CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF THE LITTLE BOY AND MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY 🙏 PEOPLE NEEDS TO BE CAREFUL AND STOP SPEEDING LIKE THEY ARE THE ONLY ONES ON THE STREET. YES AM GLAD THAT HE TURNED HIMSELF IN BUT DIDN’T STAY AT THE SCENE BECAUSE HE PROBABLY HAD BEEN DRINKING OR DRUNK WHEN THE INCIDENT HAD HAPPEN. I THINK THEY ALSO NEEDS TO CHARGE HIM WITH DUI ALSO. THAT’S WHY HE FLED THE SCENE. RIH 😇

  11. Why is everyone commenting on how good it was for the 19 year old kid to turn himself in when he caused the accident and ran off? He most likely was impaired and ran away from killing that poor, innocent little child. He should have stayed on the scene, I have NO respect for this coward of a so called human being! He can go on living his life while the little boy is gone left his family only to suffer living without him! I hope he gets the the most extreme punishment allowed! God Bless The little boy who is a real angel now and God Bless his family!

  12. This so sad why was he out riding when he new that he didn’t have listens now he has to live with what he has done I’m praying for the family

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