Wednesday , June 19 2024

Police: 9-Year-Old Boy Walking to School Struck, Killed by Unlicensed Teen Driver

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<div>A 9-year-old boy died Thursday morning in Parlier after a 17-year-old male driver crashed into a group of students on their way to school, according to Sgt. Thomas Rodriguez with the Parlier Police Department.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The driver, who is unlicensed, was stopped on Tuolumne Street and made a left-hand turn onto Madsen Avenue when he lost control, Rodriguez said.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The boy’s 16-year-old sister and a 17-year-old were also struck, and received minor to moderate injuries.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Dozens of people gathered Thursday night at the site where the truck crashed into the group of students and knocked down the brick wall in the backyard of Michael Gonzalez’s home.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Gonzalez said he was inside his home having breakfast when he heard what sounded like an explosion &nbsp;and ran outside.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;I seen the poor kid right there. I couldn’t do nothing about it. I wish I could, but I couldn’t no more. I just had to say a prayer for him,&quot; Gonzalez said.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>He cried when he realized what had happened.</div><div><br /></div><div>The teen driver, shocked, asked to use his phone.</div><div><br /></div><div>The 9 year-old boy died at the scene.</div><div><br /></div><div>He was in the same 4th grade class at Brletic Elementary with a student named Bethany.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;My friend in class, he was a good student. He always listened, and he was very nice,&quot; Bethany said at the crash site standing next to her mother.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The group was on their way to school&nbsp;at 9:30&nbsp;a.m.&nbsp;because schools were on a foggy day schedule.</div><div><br /></div><div>But Sgt. Rodriguez said fog was not a factor, although the slick roads may have played a role.</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;The vehicle did lose traction, which caused the vehicle to go out of control, and the driver tried to over correct when the accident occurred,&quot; Rodriguez said.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Police received reports that there may have been two other people in the vehicle with the teen, and there are at least two witnesses to the crash, Rodriguez said.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>Mayor of Parlier Alma Beltran said she went over to the scene when it happened. She offers her condolences to the families involved.</div><div><br /></div><div>&quot;We protect our kids from everything we can, and to know that we can’t even send our kids to school and something tragic like this happens–you know, my heart goes out to the family.&quot;</div><div><br /></div><div>Police did not find drugs or alcohol with the teen, and they are investigating where the teen was headed, Rodriguez said.&nbsp;</div><div><br /></div><div>The driver is cooperating with the investigation. He was not taken into custody but was cited for vehicle code violations. Rodriguez said the driver may face further charges pending the outcome of the investigation.</div><div></div></div>

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