Pennsylvania authorities are investigating the death of a 7-year-old boy struck and killed by a vehicle near a school bus stop.
State Police Trooper David McGarvey told ABC News that a bus driver discovered the boy’s body Thursday morning at a bus stop in Franklin Township. McGarvey reportedly said in a statement on Thursday that the unidentified driver of the vehicle that hit the boy did not stop after the accident, and claimed in an interview with police to have been unaware that a pedestrian had been hit.
Police released an updated statement on Twitter, indicating that they were not investigating the accident as a hit-and-run.
Update: Investigators have ruled out that the child was struck by a passing motorist who then fled. Evidence has shown that the child was run over at a slow speed. A search warrant was obtained for a vehicle that was in the area at the time. The driver has been interviewed.
— Troop G (@PSPTroopGPIO) November 1, 2018
School officials also released a statement on the tragedy.
Tyrone Area School District Superintendent Cathy Harlow said in statement on the district’s website that the boy, who is a second-grader at Tyrone Elementary, was apparently waiting at the bus stop when he was hit by a car.
“The bus driver on route arrived at the stop discovering the situation, contacted 911 and remained at the scene until first responders arrived,” Harlow said in the statement. “Our school community is truly grieved by this terrible loss. Please keep the family in your thoughts and prayers.”
The school district offered on-site counseling for students and staff.
Pennsylvania State Police have not yet released the name of the driver or the juvenile victim, according to ABC News. McGarvey reportedly said that police intended to collect forensic evidence from the car, and had issued a search warrant for the vehicle.
It is not yet known if the driver will be charged with a crime.
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