A college bus driver fatally struck a 6-year-old boy in South Williamsburg on Wednesday morning, police stated.
The sufferer, recognized as Shimon Fried, was found on the intersection of Hooper and South Fifth Road, simply steps from his dwelling, shortly after 8:30 a.m. Police consider that Fried was following his older brother onto the yellow bus when he was hit by the motive force, who then left the scene.
In a briefing with reporters, Sergeant Robert Denig, a member of the division’s Collision Investigation Squad, repeatedly described the deadly crash as an “accident,” including that the motive force doubtless “didn’t know that he struck the kid.” Denig didn’t present proof for the assertion, and famous the investigation is ongoing.
An MTA bus driver found the boy’s physique shortly after the incident, police stated. Fried was pronounced lifeless on the scene. The college bus driver was situated by police “comparatively rapidly” and was interviewed on Wednesday morning, in accordance with a division spokesperson.
Photographs posted to Twitter show a number of white sheets draped over the road, in addition to a heavy police presence.
“It is devastating,” Denig informed reporters. “We’re culpability, who was at fault, the causation of the accident.”
The crash marks the eighth hit-and-run fatality of 2021, and the second baby killed in a crash this yr, in accordance with Transportation Alternate options. Final yr was the deadliest yr on metropolis streets since Mayor Invoice de Blasio took workplace.
“The rising variety of hit-and-runs means that our mayor is dropping management over his streets to reckless drivers,” the group’s govt director, Danny Harris, stated in a press release. “That is compounded by the NYPD’s abysmal report of fixing these crimes, making arrests in lower than one % of deadly hit-and-runs. The established order will not be working.”
The tragedy comes because the New York Metropolis Council is assembly at present to debate a proposal to switch accountability for critical crash investigations from the NYPD to the Division of Transportation.
This story was up to date to incorporate the NYPD’s preliminary findings.