Heroic boy, 13, dies after pushing his sister out of the way of hit-and-run car

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    A grieving mum has hailed her 13-year-old son a "hero" after he lost his life pushing his sister out of the way of a hit-and-run driver.

    Tyler Phillips took the car's full force instead and died from his injuries in hospital three days later, reports The Mirror.

    The teenage boy and his sister Krystal Randolph were on their way home when an SUV struck them.

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    Krystal, also 13, was not seriously hurt thanks to Tyler's quick thinking that lessened the impact of the collision for her.

    Their mum, Desari Mac, told NBC: "He was a hero. He will always be a hero."

    Family friend, Steffani Campbell, saw the horror crash in Long Island, New York unfold and said: "The car hit her first and I guess he went to jump and grab her, and it just took him."

    She added that she watched him fly to the middle of the street and she called an ambulance, who told her to give him CPR.

    Tyler's sister added: "He saved my life."

    Detectives believe the vehicle that fled the scene was a dark-coloured Chevrolet Equinox made between 2005 and 2009.

    The front passenger headlight is damaged, NBC reports, as well as the front passenger mirror.

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    Crime Stoppers USA are offering a $5,000 (£4,450) cash reward for information leading to an arrest.

    The two siblings studied together at William Paca Middle School.

    A statement from the school following the incident read: "While we are thankful that Krystal is expected to survive, we are heartbroken to learn of Tyler's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tyler’s family and friends at this time."

    According to his family, Tyler loved playing football and basketball and, as well as having a passion for sports, he loved dancing and freestyle music.

    Along with his mother and sister, Tyler is survived by his father, Joseph Phillips, and three other siblings – Rebecca, Matthew and Michael.

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