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A dump truck struck and killed an 11-year-old boy in a Queens crosswalk Friday morning, police said. Chris Glorioso reports.
A dump truck struck and killed an 11-year-old boy in a Queens crosswalk Friday morning, police said.
The boy, identified by police as Miguel Torres of Jackson Heights, was crossing at the intersection of 80th Street and Northern Boulevard at around 9 a.m. when he was struck by the truck, police said.
Torres had a walk signal and the truck also had a green light, according to police. The white truck left the scene, leaving police initially unsure whether the driver intentionally fled the scene or whether he was unaware the truck's rear tire had clipped the boy.
After later locating the truck and the driver, police determined there was no criminality. The driver may receive summonses for not yielding to a pedestrian in the crosswalk.
Surveillance video from a nearby bodega showed the boy buying a soda and a Pop-Tart just before the fatal accident. The deli owner who sold Torres the snacks believes the boy was headed across the street to his school, IS 145. School was not in session but there may have been an extracurricular program.
"It's very sad. The year's ending, and I have a daughter so that makes me very concerned about that," said neighbor Nicaro Gemosen.