7-year-old boy fatally struck by van after getting off school bus in New York: police
A 7-year-old boy was struck and killed by a church van sent to pick him up at his bus stop in Queens, New York, on Wednesday afternoon, according to police.
Cameron Brown, a student at P.S. 43 in Far Rockaway, was hit and pinned against the back of his school bus by the red vehicle as he attempted to cross the street around 3:15 p.m., WPIX reports.
The unresponsive boy was rushed to nearby St. John's Episcopal Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Keith Williams, who witnessed the tragedy, told the station the accident was "a horrible situation."
"A lot of people was crying ... and I saw the police crying, too," he recalled.
"[Cameron's] head had a hole, [he was] bleeding from his mouth," Williams, 72, said of the young victim.
The 22-year-old male van driver and the female bus operator stayed on the scene after the crash to speak with detectives.
Addressing reporters outside St. John's Episcopal Hospital, the victim's family lamented the loss of their loved one, New York Daily News reports.
“He was a good boy who died early," Cameron's father, 66-year-old Joseph Brown, said. "The good always die young."
New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza released a statement on Cameron's death, obtained by WABC:
"I'm heartbroken by this tragic loss of one of our children, and share my condolences with the family and school community," he said. "We will have crisis counseling available to students and staff for as long as it is needed."
The investigation into the accident is ongoing.