Boy walking to Bay Area elementary school killed by driver, police say


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A boy was killed after he was hit by a driver in a crosswalk near Castlemont Elementary School in San Jose on Friday morning, officials said.

A boy was killed after he was hit by a driver in a crosswalk near Castlemont Elementary School in San Jose on Friday morning, officials said.

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A third-grade boy was killed in a crosswalk near Castlemont Elementary School in San Jose on Friday morning, struck by a driver that hit him and an adult woman, officials said.

Details of the crash were still emerging after the incident occurred at 8:03 a.m. on Castlemont Avenue. The San Jose Police Department initially said at 8:30 a.m that the boy was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. About two hours later, the department said that he died.

The woman was moderately injured and also taken to a hospital, police said. The police department also said the driver stayed at the scene and was cooperating. 

Castlemont Elementary is part of the Campbell Union School District and Superintendent Shelly Viramontez issued a statement confirming that a third grade student had died. 

“Our school community is heart-broken by this development, as every single one of students we care for and love like our own,” Viramontez wrote. “As a parent, and as your superintendent, I ask you to please hold the family in your thoughts, as they will need our entire community to hold them in our arms.”

The police department said Friday’s incident marks the city’s 26th pedestrian death this year and reminded drivers to slow down in school zones and go no faster than 25 mph when children are present.

This is a developing story and details will be added as they become available.



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