Preschool student and her mother killed when hit by bus in Mamaroneck

A kindergarten student and his mother were killed when they were struck by a minibus while walking to Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary School in Mamaroneck Thursday, a school district spokesperson said.

According to Mamaroneck Village police, the boy was 6 years old and a student at the school. His mother was 43 years old. Both lived in the village. Police said the boy was pronounced dead at the scene. The mother was transported to a nearby hospital, where she later died.

According to police, the initial investigation revealed that the bus was traveling eastbound from New Street, turning left onto Mamaroneck Ave. with a green light. The bus was headed to the school and had on board the driver, a 68-year-old man from Mount Vernon, several students and an assistant. As the bus turned, several parents and children crossed the street in a crosswalk with a traffic sign, police said.

Police said no charges are pending against the bus driver. Police have not yet released the identities of the boy, his mother or the driver of the vehicle that hit them.

The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. about a half-block from the school on Mamaroneck Avenue, across from the shopping center that includes Chipotle, CVS and North Shore Farms.

“There is nothing more difficult for a community to experience than the loss of life, and we know that everyone in the Mamaroneck and Larchmont communities is heartbroken by this news,” the district said school in a note addressed to the community. “We also know that the death of a child is particularly difficult for other children to deal with. At this time, we have informed our staff of this incredible loss, and social workers and psychologists are fully deployed at MAS. “

At the scene, a Royal Coach Lines minibus was stopped outside the shopping center with a yellow backpack on the road approximately 20 feet behind it. The backpack was removed from the scene at 11:23 a.m. and placed in a police SUV. The mini-bus was towed at 12:13 p.m.

John Hunter of Mamaroneck was leaving mass at St. Vito Catholic Church and heard the crash. Hunter approached and saw that a woman and a boy had been hit. Emergency medical services immediately arrived on scene and worked with the mother. Hunter walked towards the boy.

“There was nothing I could do at the time. It was just devastating,” Hunter told Journal News/lohud.

The school district said it is mobilizing crisis support teams and working with the Larchmont Mamaroneck Community Counseling Center, the Westchester Bereavement Center, the Mobile Crisis Team, as well as school psychologists and social workers. The school said it will allow the affected community to meet with mental health professionals starting at noon Friday at the Mamaroneck Avenue school.

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