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6-Year-Old Boy Struck And Killed While Attempting To Board School Bus With Brother In Brooklyn

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A young boy was struck and killed by a school bus Wednesday in Brooklyn.

It happened at around 8:30 a.m. in Williamsburg.

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Surveillance video shows a school bus turn the corner on to South 5th Street near Hooper Street. Just out of frame, a 9-year-old boy gets on the bus. His 6-year-old brother should have been right behind him, be he never comes, CBS2’s Natalie Duddridge reported.

“At that point the school bus driver closed the door and proceeded to pull forward. As he was doing that, the 6-year-old was crossing in front of the school bus. I believe unbeknownst to the driver the 6-year-old stepped in front of the bus. The bus hit the child and the child was run over,” NYPD Sgt. Robert Denig said.

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Police said a Metropolitan Transportation Authority bus driver was the one who spotted the boy lying in the roadway and called 911.

First responders quickly arrived, but could not save the 6-year-old, who was pronounced dead at the scene. His name has not been released.

Police caught up with the driver who had continued along his route, and pulled him over to question him. He was given a Breathalyzer and saliva test. Police said speed was not a factor because the bus was stopped when the child crossed the street in front of it.

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“At this juncture, there are no charges. There is a lot of work has to go into this case because of the severity of what occurred,” Denig said.

The bus was also being investigated for any mechanical issues.

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Duddridge spoke with neighbors, including one who said the victim’s family may have attended her synagogue.

“These things happen in a split second. It’s like, one bad move of a child, one bad move of a vehicle, it’s like an eye blink,” she said.

“It kind of shocks you, it scares you, because it could have been anyone’s kid, you know? It could have been my kid,” resident Sammy Ortiz said.

“I walk down this street every day. I’m never going to be able to walk down this street again. It’s absolutely traumatizing,” another man added. “I don’t know how a parent can go back home afterward.”

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Investigators were working to reconstruct the scene.