Mom looking for answers after son is struck, killed in Springfield

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A mother is in a desperate search for answers surrounding the death of her 16-year-old son.

Zamir Sanders was struck and killed by a car around 2:30 a.m. Saturday. Police said the teen and three others were horsing around on the road when Sanders laid down in the middle of the road as a result of some type of dare.

However, his mother thinks he was the victim of a crime and she's telling her story only to Western Mass News.

Yolanda Sanders told us that me she thinks her son was being beat up here in the middle of St. James avenue when he was hit by that car.

"I didn't believe it at first," Sanders explained.

Yolanda remembers the phone call she received Saturday saying her son, Zamir, had died.

"He was nice, he was sweet, he was everything that I am," Sanders said.

Police said that Zamir and three others were horsing around on the road when he laid down in the middle of St. James Avenue.

However, Sanders' mother is not convinced.

"I just don't know. Nothing's adding up to me. It just doesn't seem right. I just need to know for real," Sanders added.

Yolanda said that a witness at the scene told her that Zamir was getting beat up in the street moments before the accident.

"She was the first car that stopped and the boys were stopping on Zamir's head, then he tried to get up, then he collapsed," Yolanda said.

However, police said that after witness interviews, Zamir's death was the result of what they're calling a tragic accident.

"It was unfortunate that this man laid down in the middle of the street. but it wasn't the result of any type of crime it was horseplay, we've looked into it," said Springfield Police Sgt. John Delaney.

As she now plans her son's funeral, Yolanda said she'll be turning to her faith for answers.

"We're going to continue to pray and I know God will reveal everything to me. Whoever did what, I don't know, but God will get you he can get you better than I can," Yolanda explained.

Yolanda said that she is planning to schedule a meeting with police to discuss the circumstances around her son's death.

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