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Boy, 8, Fatally Struck While Walking To Queens School

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An 8-year-old Queens boy was killed Friday after being struck by a tractor trailer driven by an operator who police say did not have a valid New York license. NY1's Agnes Chung filed the following report.

The last school day before winter break turned tragic for students at P.S. 152 before it even began.

"Suddenly, I saw there a truck. It hit a little boy, and then, I was really scared. It happened in front of me," said Tareq Syed, a fourth grader at P.S. 152.

That little boy was 8-year-old Noshat Naheen. The third grader was crossing Northern Boulevard with his 11-year-old sister when the rear tires of a tractor trailer hit him while it was making a turn.

"All the kids was in the street screaming, and then I went over there and saw the little kid laying in the street, and they was trying to see if he was still alive," said John Russ, who works down the street from where the incident occurred.

Parents say there is no crossing guard at Northern Boulevard and 61st Street, the intersection where the boy died, even though it's just a block from the school.

"It's very dangerous," said parent Adriana Caras. "It's very dangerous, that street. I don't like to walk in that street."

"Where is the crossing guard?" said Penny Glaspie, an East New York resident. "This is Northern Boulevard. This is a very big street. It's very busy."

It's not clear why there was no guard there when parents say one is assigned a block further from the school.

Parents say this should send an urgent message.

"With this incident now, they should have more now on every other corner, if not every corner," said parent Andres Ocanpo.

The Department of Education sent grief counselors to the school, where the principal, teachers and students were trying to come to grips with their classmate's death.

"Everyone was so sad in my class. They were so sad," said Tahrim Miah, a fourth-grade student at P.S. 152. "They was like, 'What happens if that happens to us?'"

Neighbors say Naheen's family came to Woodside from Bangladesh just a few months ago.

"I just can't believe it," said neighbor Eddie Hernandez. "To me, it's like a nightmare, to have something like this to happen to a nice family like them."

The driver of the truck, 51-year-old Mauricio Osorio-Palominos of Newark, N.J., is charged with aggravated unlicensed driving. Police say his license to drive the rig in the city was suspended.

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