7-year-old boy fatally struck by NYPD tow truck in Brooklyn


FORT GREENE, BROOKLYN – An accident at a Brooklyn intersection Thursday morning claimed the life of a young boy, reports WCBS.

The victim was a 7-year-old who was heading for school in Fort Greene with his mother at about 7:45 a.m.  The boy was in the crosswalk in the area of North Portland Avenue and Myrtle Avenue at the same time an NYPD tow truck going west on Myrtle was attempting to make a right turn on North Portland.

The tow truck hit the boy, who was pronounced dead at the scene by responding EMS crews.

The 54-year-old tow truck driver stopped and remained at the scene, according to the NYPD.  Witnesses told police the driver was on her cellphone prior to the collision and sped through a red light.  There was no word yet on whether charges will be brought against the driver.

NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey was quoted as saying, “Our heart goes out to the family of that young boy and his mother, his school, his teachers who were also on the scene, a very tough scene to be at this morning.”

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