A 4-year-old boy in New York was fatally struck by a car on Saturday.
The New York Post reported that Domantea McDonald was killed in Queens, two weeks after his brother, Tysheem McDonald, 18, was fatally shot. Domantea was outside of his uncle’s home after attending his slain brother’s funeral when the boy broke away from his mother and ran into the street.
A Toyota RAV4 struck reportedly Domantea as he darted out in the street. The boys’ father told the New York Post that the 4-year-old — who is autistic — died while crawling toward his mother. The father claimed that he kept his son on the ground until the fire department responded.
“He wasn’t breathing. He died right there. He didn’t die in no hospital. He died right here. I watched him leave his body right here because they let him crawl,” he said.
The father also alleged that EMTs told them not to touch his son while they checked for injuries. Police said the boy suffered “severe head trauma and internal injuries” and was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the New York Post.
Domantea’s slain brother, who died on August 7, is believed to have fallen victim to gang-related violence. No arrests have been made in connection with his death.
“Domantea was very autistic, but when he would see Tysheem, he would go to him. He wouldn’t go to anybody else, but when he saw his big brother, he went to him,” the boys’ father also told the New York Post.
The boy’s mother was reportedly struck in the foot in Monday’s crash. The driver of the Toyota RAV4, who reportedly stayed at the scene, has not been criminally charged.
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