A 6-year-old boy has died after being hit by a yellow school bus in Brooklyn.
The incident occurred at 8.30 in the morning.
Police say Simon Fried was waiting for the bus near Hooper and South Fifth streets in Williamsburg with his nine-year-old brother.
The older brother got on the bus, but as the driver drove away the vehicle ran over the six-year-old boy without realizing it.
A few minutes later, an MTA bus driver saw that the boy was on the street and called 911.
“It’s devastating,” NYD Sgt. Robert Denig told a news conference. “It’s always heartbreaking, and yeah, when he’s a kid, it’s so much more heartbreaking, it’s devastating.”
“This is a tragedy for everyone involved and our hearts go out to the boy’s family, as well as to our colleague, driving the B60 bus who appeared on the scene and found out what happened first,” said Craig Cipriano, president of MTA Bus Company. and SVP.
Some parents in the area could not quite believe the news.
“It’s alarming because it’s like you always want the best for your son and you see things like this happening, you know, it’s like … it surprises and scares you because it could have been someone’s son, you know. It could have been my son, “said Sammy Ortiz, a neighborhood dad.
“Being a father hurts me a lot because any mother cannot even believe or imagine that she is going to bring a child into this world and this thing could happen,” said Mildred Peralta, another mother of a family.
The yellow bus driver turned himself in to the police.
At the moment it is not known if he will face a criminal charge.