A 12-year-old boy crossing the street right in front of his school was struck and killed by a livery cab in Manhattan, just feet from where a crossing guard was stationed, authorities and witnesses say.
Police said the boy was struck by a livery cab in front of PS 200 elementary and intermediate school on Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard at 150th Street in Hamilton Heights just before 4 p.m.
The boy, identified as Ervi Secundino, was crossing westbound at the intersection of 150th Street and Seventh Avenue -- also known as Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard -- when he was hit by the cab, which was going southbound on the boulevard, police said.
He was taken to Harlem Hospital in "very critical condition" and died there, police said.
The driver stayed on the scene. It's not clear if he'll face charges. Police were seen performing what appeared to be speed tests with the taxi.
A woman who identified herself as a crossing guard at the intersection said she saw the boy running from across the street, apparently trying to get away from another boy who was playfully chasing him. She wasn't able to get to him in time.
"The boy was coming across the street, the car was coming so fast -- it hit him, that's when he flew up in the air and [the car] dragged him all the way here," Philis Miles said.
Miles said she often tells the children at the school to stop.
"They run across the street all the time. They won't listen," she said.
But some parents said the cars also go too fast.
"The majority of the time, the cars do speed through here. You have to grab onto your children," said parent Madeline Hernandez.
Police said Ervi lived in the neighborhood, on West 145th Street. His uncle, Leovaardo Savedra, told reporters in Spanish Wednesday that it was difficult for the big, close-knit family to grasp the boy's death.
Ervi died hours after a 17-year-old high school student in Brooklyn was hit by a car in front of his school and thrown into the side of an MTA bus. He was taken to the hospital and is in stable condition.
A report released by the New York City health department Wednesday showed that motor vehicle-related injuries were the leading cause of injury deaths among children.
Between 2003 and 2012, more than 100 New York City children aged 1 to 12 died from accident-related injuries -- more than fire-related injuries, suffocation and falls. A disproportionate number of the injuries happened among black children and those in high-provery neighborhoods, according to the report.
One section of the report specially drawn up as part of Mayor de Blasio's Vision Zero initiative showed that 48 children aged 1 to 17 died in motor vehicle accidents between 2009 and 2011.
Most were pedestrians, and nearly two-thirds of the pedestrians who were killed were hit within 10 blocks of their home, the report found.
"Crossing against the light and crossing mid-block, such as emerging from between parked cars, played a role in more than half of the pedestrian fatalities," according to a press release from the Health Department. "Driver behaviors, such as driver inattention and failure to yield, were also cited as contributing factors."
Since the launch of Vision Zero, citywide speed limit has been reduced to 25 mph, and more speed cameras have been installed in school zones.
-- Ida Siegal contributed to this report