ATLANTA -- A 9-year-old has died and two other young boys are clinging to life after they were hit, Friday night, by a driver suspected of being on drugs at the time.

The boys were standing on the sidewalk around 7 p.m. when police said the car jumped the curbed and hit them.

That driver is facing a list of serious charges.

Saturday, friends and family prayed for their recovery.

11Alive went back to the scene of that tragic wreck Saturday and found evidence markers still showing what happened.

Atlanta police said 28-year-old Ryan Lisabeth was driving very fast the previous night while on Joseph E. Boone Blvd. in Northwest Atlanta.

That's where he crossed the center lane and struck a passing truck then ricocheted and jumped the curb and hit the three boys who were standing on the sidewalk.

We've since learned that at least one of the boys lives in the apartment complex right in front of where he was struck.

Neighbors couldn’t believe it when they saw what happened.

“I’m hoping that the ones that maybe won’t make it, that somehow by the grace of god he can create a miracle for the kids,” Kenyatta Simmons said.

Police said Lisabeth he was under the influence of drugs at the time.

An 11Alive investigation found he was arrested for heroin possession in 2011 and 2013 in Fulton County.

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