WILLIAMSBURG (VINnews) – An eight year old Chasidic boy on his way to school lost his life this morning after a heartbreaking accident in Williamsburg.
Sources told VIN News that Shimon Zev Fried was running to catch his bus just after 8:30 this morning when he was instead struck by the vehicle which pulled away, leaving him lying in the roadway. It appears that the driver of the bus did not see the boy as he ran towards the vehicle and was unaware that he had hit him.
Police said that the driver of an MTA B60 bus was driving on South 5th Street just east of Hooper Street when she noticed something in the roadway and realizing that it was a child, she pulled over to the side of the road. According to ABC News (https://7ny.tv/3bxIY7m), the bus arrived at the accident scene just two minutes after it happened, with the driver phoning dispatch which place the call to 911. The NYPD, Hatzolah and Chesed Shel Emes all responded to the accident and the boy, who had sustained traumatic injuries, was pronounced dead at the scene.
A statement released by MTA Bus Company president Craig Cipriano described the incident as a tragedy.
“Our hearts go out to the child’s family as well as to our colleague driving the B60 bus that came upon the scene and first discovered the horrible aftermath,” said Cipriano. “We are fully cooperating with the NYPD investigation and providing all possible support to the bus operator as she recovers from trauma.”
The driver of the school bus was later located and is cooperating with police at the 90th Precinct. Sergeant Robert Denig of the NYPD’s Highway Patrol’s Collision Investigation Squad said that the difficulty of his team’s work was further exacerbated by the circumstances of this accident.
“It’s always heartbreaking,” said Sergeant Denig. “And yes, when it’s a child, it’s that much more heartbreaking. It’s devastating.”
Brooklyn: South 5th Street & Hooper Street, 7-year-old child struck by a vehicle who thenfled the scene, aided was treated by @hatzalah EMS in traumatic arrest where he was pronounced dead.
— NYC Scoop (@NY_Scoop) February 24, 2021