A 6-year-old boy died after he was hit by a tractor trailer while walking to school in East Harlem Thursday morning, and the crossing guard who was on duty at the intersection has been suspended pending an investigation.
Amar Diarrosova was struck just before 8 a.m. on 117th Street and First Avenue. Police say he was crossing the street with his 9-year-old brother to get to P.S. 155, only a half-block away.
Paramedics brought Amar to Harlem Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Eyewitnesses told NY1 that a group of people chased the truck driver two blocks, flagged him down and let him know he hit a child.
After the driver stopped, he cooperated with authorities.
Police will not file charges against the driver.
"I don't know how one kid got hit and they both was together," an eyewitness said. "That truck can't see them. They can't blame him for that. The truck driver's all shaken up, anyway."
Onlookers said there was a crossing guard at the intersection, but sources say she was using the bathroom at the time Amar got hit.
The crossing guard has been suspended pending an investigation, according to police.
Immediately after the accident, she returned to the corner shortly afterwards and saw the resulting commotion.
"I saw the crossing guard cross the street from another corner, she was just talking to a group of people. She looked very upset, very distraught," said an onlooker. "After about five minutes that the group was speaking to her, she just took off. She got into a car, she left. I don't know where she went. I imagine she feels very bad about what happened."
Crossing guards report to the New York Police Department, and police told NY1 that guards are entitled to take breaks but have to document them in a memo book.
As police inspected the scene of the accident, Amar's backpack was still lying in the road.
"My wife was in the car at the same time and she was just sobbing and sobbing and sobbing, because we saw this child looking helpless on that stretcher," said another onlooker. "It's just a sad situation."
"He was bleeding a lot from his head, and he wasn't moving at all," said another eyewitness.
The city Department of Education said counselors worked with students and staff at Amar's school Thursday.