Six-year-old Amar Diarrassouba and his older brother were less than a block away from their school on East 117th street when a tragic accident ended the little boy’s life.
Police say the two brothers were trying to cross first avenue when the six-year-old was hit and killed by a tractor-trailer.
Around the time Amar should have been coming home from school, his devastated family returned to their East Harlem apartment visibly heart-broken.
Police say Amar was walking to school with his older brother this morning when he was hit by a tractor-trailer on East 117th street. The 6-year-old was rushed to Harlem Hospital where he died.
The accident happened just before 8 o’clock. Police say the truck was trying to make a right turn onto First Avenue when the back of his truck hit Amar who was standing in the cross walk with his brother.
Police say the driver of the truck didn’t even know he hit the child, but he stopped about a block away from the accident and stayed at the scene after being flagged down by a witness.
Parents who live in the area say the First Avenue crossing is a dangerous one. While they have seen crossing guards directing traffic to make sure the students are able to cross safely, they say that’s not always the case.
And right now police say they’re investigating whether or not there should have been a crossing guard at this corner. There are reports that one officer who should have been watching the intersection was using the bathroom when the accident happened.