TOWN OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. -- Police in the Town of Tonawanda say a boy hit by a car while riding his bike Thursday afternoon has died. It hits especially hard since passersby made a heroic attempt to save him.
Police tell us the 12-year-old was hit by a vehicle near the intersection of Sheridan Drive and Delaware Road late Thursday afternoon. He was not wearing a helmet but Lt. Nick Bado says because of his injuries it may not have made a difference in this particular case.
The victim's name is not being released by police at this time. So far, no charges have been filed against the driver.
Police say it happened right near their Tonawanda station just after five o'clock Thursday evening. A female driver was turning left on a green arrow from the traffic signal onto Sheridan and struck the child who was riding the bike on Sheridan.
Police say the boy was actually pinned beneath a Pontiac Vibe vehicle. And passersby including off duty first responders and other men and women immediately rushed to help. Bado says
"An off duty detective of ours was passing by at the time as well as an Ellwood Fire Chief and along with some other bystanders they collectively attempted to extricate the victim out from under the vehicle...and they were successful at getting the vehicle up enough to get him out from under it."
Candace Barnes, who works at a nearby restaurant, saw the aftermath of the accident. Barnes says "And they were rocking the car and I saw the end part and he was trying to get the boy from under the car."
Candace also sadly realized she had earlier seen the boy.
"Usually the kids from over in the park over there, they come over to get stuff to eat and then ride around with their friends and everything. And he had just earlier bought some food with his friends...they had just finished playing basketball. They were just in there and to see that...you know."
Barnes adds: "My sympathy to their family. Cause I can't imagine if any of my children...going through that. You know what I mean. Just to have my kid ride a bike, thinkin' he's safe and for that to happen and the next day he dies...I mean that's really hard."
Lt. Bado says no charges have been filed against the driver so far but they are consulting with the District Attorney's office which is standard procedure when there's a death in an accident.
The driver willingly provided blood samples but there is no indication of substance abuse or distracted driving. And since she was stopped at a red light, then moved on a green arrow signal, it's probably not speeding either.