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12-year-old boy hit, killed by Bergen County sheriff’s patrol car: authorities

Posted at 7:52 AM, Apr 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 12:00:45-04

FAIR LAWN, N.J. — Authorities say a child struck by a police cruiser in northern New Jersey has died from his injuries.

The 12-year-old boy was walking with some other children when he was struck shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday on Route 208 South in Fair Lawn. The marked cruiser, driven by Michael Sansevere, a Bergen County sheriff’s officer who was on patrol in the area was traveling south on the road when the boy attempting to cross the highway was fatally struck.

The Fair Lawn boy was pronounced dead shortly after the crash. His name hasn’t been released.

Sansevere was taken to a hospital for evaluation, but it wasn’t clear if he was hurt in the accident. He has served with the sheriff’s office for about 12 years.

The Bergen County Sheriff Department said in a statement the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating the incident as with all fatal accidents.