On Thursday, a 12-year-old boy in Valley Stream was struck and killed by a car on his way to school, Newsday reports. Nassau police say the driver had a suspended license.
According to Newsday, the boy was standing on the southeast corner of South Franklin Avenue and West Merrick Road and started crossing west onto South Franklin. He was hit by a 29-year-old man of Seaford driving a GMC Yukon. He was pronounced dead at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park.
“I can’t believe this is happening. I keep telling myself he’s with his father now.” said the boy’s grandmother to Newsday; in 2006, the boy’s father died of pneumonia. His grandmother described him as “a very happy boy, very smart”. He participated in Boy Scouts and Little League teams.
The boy’s uncle told Newsday “I completely lost it,” when he heard the news. “It’s a shame that this guy was driving with a suspended license. A little boy died.”
Newsday reports that the driver has a record of driving convictions, with previous cases pending in Nassau County. He was arrested in 2010 and pleaded guilty to driving while intoxicated and disorderly conduct. He also pleaded guilty to aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle to settle a 2011 arrest. Last April, he was arrested again for pleaded guilty to reckless driving and unlawful fleeing from a police officer.
Det. Lt. John Azzata of the homicide squad told Newsday that the boy was crossing as the driver was stopped for the red light at South Franklin. The man made a right to turn onto Merrick when the light turned green and struck the boy, who was crossing.