12-year-old boy dies after being hit by car while crossing street in Adelanto

The child has not been identified, but Eyewitness News learned he was a 6th grade student at Melva Davis Academy Of Excellence.

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
12-year-old boy dies after being hit by car in Adelanto
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A 12-year-old boy died after he was hit by a car while crossing the street in Adelanto Monday morning, authorities confirmed.

ADELANTO, Calif. (KABC) -- A 12-year-old boy died after he was hit by a car while crossing the street in Adelanto Monday morning, authorities confirmed.

The collision occurred just after 7 a.m. near the intersection of Jonathan Street and Seneca Road, prompting an investigation from the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department's Major Accident Investigation Team, the agency said on social media.

The car that hit the boy stopped at the scene, the department added. CPR was conducted on the young boy but he died at the scene.

The child has not been identified, but Eyewitness News learned he was a 6th grade student at Melva Davis Academy Of Excellence.

School officials with the Adelanto Elementary School District visited the site Monday morning.

Superintendent Michael Krause said the school bus had not yet arrived when the boy was making his way across the street and was struck.

"We will be assessing all of our bus stops, we're working with the city of Adelanto to assess signage and our crosswalks as well as to make sure that we are up to speed on everything that we can to make our student crossings as safe as possible," said Krause.

Arnold Vasquez, who has lived in the area for years, said he has complained to city about the roadway's safety a handful of times.

"My son would catch the bus right across the street and nobody had any consideration," he said. "People would fly 50, 60 miles per hour back and forth while the bus was there loading kids up. It's one of my biggest fears of a kid getting hit by a car one day, and that's exactly what happened here."

Investigators have not determined if speed was a factor.

For now, Vazquez said he would post his own signs.

"My fears have happened but to another child, and that's still the same," he said. "As a father, you're going to feel it regardless."