A 7-year-old Queens boy was struck and killed moments after disembarking his school bus on April 17. The incident happened just before 3:15 p.m. at the intersection of Mott Ave. and Gipson St. in the borough's Far Rockaway neighborhood.
The second-grader had just gotten off his school bus and walked around the rear of it when a church van that was slated to pick him up to carry him to an afterschool program fast approached and struck him.
Witnesses to the crash said that they saw the boy's feet hanging down in between the van and the bus after the crash. One thought that a baby had been hurt instead of an older child due to how little of his body was still visible.
Paramedics who were summoned to the crash scene worked feverishly to try to get the boy's heart beating again. They weren't successful though. Some witnesses described seeing blood gushing out of his mouth at an alarming rate.
In questioning the school bus driver, police officers found out that the decedent's 9-year-old sister was also supposed to be picked up by the van as well. They had the young girl get back on the bus as they worked to save her brother and as they waited for her relatives to arrive at the scene.
The boy's father blames the bus driver for the boy's death. He says that someone should have escorted his son to the van.
Officials with the New York City Department of Education have said that the bus carrying the child wasn't contracted by them. Some of the parents of students at Public School (PS) 43, the school that the boy attended, pool money to pay for private bus company transportation for their kids. It's unclear if one of them was operating it at the time of the incident.
When someone in senselessly hurt in a crash, they often incur significant medical costs. Those who are killed may also leave behind unexpected funeral costs that their loved ones have to pay. A attorney who handles pedestrian and motor vehicle accidents can help you recover compensation for these expenses and for other losses in your case.