Twelve-year-old Ervi Secundino was struck and killed by a taxi while crossing the street in front of his school. The boy was struck in front of P.S. 200 elementary and intermediate school on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard just before 4 p.m., according to police.
He was in “very critical condition” when he was taken to Harlem Hospital, police said. The boy died at the hospital.
The driver stayed at the scene. It was unclear if he will face charges, according to reports.
Police and witnesses said the boy was just feet away from school crossing guard, Philis Morris. Morris said she saw Secundino run across the street to try to evade another boy who was playfully chasing him. She was not able to get to him in time.
Motor vehicle-related injuries were the leading cause of injury deaths among children, according to a New York City health department report released Wednesday.
Some parents have complained that the cars driving around the school go too fast.
For grieving families, it’s important that a full investigation be conducted. For that, a wise first step is to discuss the matter with a legal professional experienced in car accidents.