'He was a beautiful soul': 11-year-old brain-dead as troopers hunt for hit-&-run driver


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    An 11-year-old is brain-dead after a hit-and-run on Highway 101, near Olympia, Sunday evening, according to the boy’s family. Now troopers are searching for the driver who hit him and never stopped to help.

    Isaiah Bermeo’s family says the 11-year-old will likely pass away soon at Harborview Medical Center.

    Ron Pfaff witnessed the crash and stopped to help. He performed CPR on Isaiah for several minutes.

    “He was unresponsive and didn’t have a heartbeat,” Pfaff said. “I just felt really alone. I felt alone and I couldn’t really process it.”

    Pfaff says there’s no way the driver of the minivan that hit Isaiah didn’t notice the impact. Now Troopers are searching for a silver or cream-colored minivan.

    “I can’t fathom it,” he said. “I can’t. It was a little boy, and he was just young and he was just so broken.”

    Troopers say Isaiah was walking in the left lane of northbound Highway 101 near Oyster Bay Road when he was hit. It was just after 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

    The impact sent Isaiah into the right shoulder. He was airlifted to Harborview where he was in critical condition, troopers said.

    Isaiah’s family says the 11-year-old has severe autism and wandered away from his nearby home minutes before. They called 911 and started searching, but soon heard sirens near Hwy 101.

    “He was a beautiful boy and a beautiful soul,” his mother, Breanna Rea Bermeo, said. She’s asking the driver to come forward.

    “Please reveal yourself,” she said. “I would forgive them.”

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