QUEENS, NEW YORK — The life of a 7-year-old boy was tragically cut short when he was struck by a church van after getting off his school bus Wednesday afternoon, according to ABC 7 NY.
At around 3 p.m., Cameron Brown exited his school bus and was about to start walking on Gipson Street near Mott Avenue in Far Rockaway, which is a short distance from where he lived when he was struck by a church van.
The 22-year-old driver of the van was allegedly trying to back up, but instead of going backward, the vehicle went forward as Cameron was walking behind the school bus.
Cameron was pinned between the church van and the bus.
Cameron Brown, 7, had just stepped off his school bus when he was struck and killed by a church van in #Queens. Family blames school for being careless. A heartbreaking accident that could've been prevented: https://t.co/Jd9scC6efP
— Cellino & Barnes (@Cellino_Barnes) April 18, 2019
Mother Passes Out After Finding Son Gravely Injured
A witness, Lystra Harrison, stated that Cameron’s mother was waiting for him to get off the school bus. When she found out what happened, she rushed to be by his side, but when she noticed Cameron was bleeding from his mouth and his blood poured onto the street, she fainted.
Another witness, Keith Williams, said: “I had to walk away with tears, I was crying also, to see a poor little kid there. He still had his school bag – backpack – on him, and he was on his stomach, and they were giving him CPR.”
Emergency first responders were performing CPR on Cameron as they were transporting him to St. John Episcopal Hospital, but he was pronounced dead shortly after his arrival, ABC 7 Chicago reports.