A NYC boy, 6-years-old, was struck and killed at a crosswalk while he was walking to school with his brother on Thursday morning shortly before 8 a.m. EST.
The victim, Amar Diarrosova, was walking with his 9-year-old brother when they crossed the street together absent a crossing guard.
A tractor trailer was reportedly turning onto First Avenue in Harlem, where the boys were attempting to cross and struck Amar. Although a crossing guard is typically posted at the location’s intersection, to help students cross safely, the crossing guard had taken taken a break and was not present when the accident occurred.
According to NBC News, the brothers were only one block from their school when Amar was struck. Amar was taken to a nearby hospital where he was pronounced dead. The victim’s older brother was not hit or harmed in the accident.
Police say the driver of the tractor trailer was ticketed for failing to yield and exercise caution and the crossing guard was suspended from her job. Police say while the crossing guard is entitled to a break, she neglected to record her break into her memo book.
The victim’s parents declined to speak to the media. Friends and family say Amar’s parents are devastated.
City councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito asked if there was a way to prevent the accident by assigning more crossing guards to busy intersections. Viverito acknowledged that the crossing guard has a right to a break, but asked if the city should consider back up to cover the crossing guards break.