A man and his child were hit by a car while walking to school in Phoenix Thursday morning, the city’s police department said. The police arrived at the scene of the incident to offer emergency services.
The child that was hit has been identified as Julius Rainbolt.
The young student was only 6 years old, and needed to be taken to the hospital to treat his injuries. However, the child did not survive his injuries. He died after arriving at the hospital.
The 6-year-old boy was killed when he was hit by an SUV while crossing 27th Avenue. His father was not seriously hurt, despite also being involved in the collision. The accident happened around 7:00 in the morning as the pair were on their way to the child’s morning classes.
A busy road that’s usually full of cars and people walking went quiet for a few hours as police looked into how the child got hit and killed by a car.
The young boy was on his way to Granada West Elementary School. The school will offer support to students and staff tomorrow.
The driver of the vehicle that hit the little boy stayed on scene. They are complying with detectives as police continue their investigation of the collision accident. The investigation is still ongoing.
Local resident Francisca Lopez said that she saw a backpack and small shoes in the middle of the road when she arrived to take her child to the bus stop. She recalled that there was a man on the street who was yelling on his knees.
Irwin Ortega has lived in the area for 10 years and told reporters that kids walk around this area quite often with schools nearby while police continue their investigation. Ortega hopes people will slow down on the road and take care of the kids are walking.