Police say an 11-year-old boy was accidentally struck and killed Wednesday morning as he crossed the Grand Concourse in the Bronx, and his mother said in an interview with NY1 that the family is "destroyed" by the incident.
Just before 8 a.m., Russell Smith was hit by the side view mirror of a Honda CRV as he was crossing 183rd Street and Grand Concourse in Fordham, according to authorities.
The boy was coming from the store and was hit across the street from his house, and was minutes away from going to school at P.S. 9, just a block from the accident scene.
The boy was brought to Bronx Lebanon Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
In an exclusive television interview with NY1's Dean Meminger, Russell's mother, Monique Mitchell, said the death will greatly affect the family.
"He's so close to his sister, his six-year-old sister, they're close. I don't know what's going to happen," said Mitchell as she was visibly upset. "I don't know how my kids are going to take it. He's got a six-year-old brother that's destroyed right now, and I'm trying to be strong for the rest of them. Oh god, this is so terrible."
Neighbors say that intersection is very dangerous, and that a 12-year-old girl was killed by a driver at the same intersection in 2005.
The boy's mother says he feared crossing the Grand Concourse and would often use a nearby subway station to cross underneath the street and come up on the other side to avoid the cars.
"This is my baby, and he's 10, so it's really hard for me. It's just really hard for me. I saw the aftermath," said eyewitness Michelle Jackson. "I didn't see him get hit, but I saw him there on the road. He was lifeless, there was no movement."
The driver of the Honda SUV was questioned by police and let go, and currently no criminality is suspected.