The officer driving the car, identified as Michael Sansevere, (pictured above) was taken to a local hospital
A 12-year-old boy was run over and killed in front of his teenage brother by a New Jersey sheriff on Sunday.
Christian Tawadros, 12, is said to have been walking with his brother and a group of friends when he was struck shortly after 9pm in Fair Lawn, WABC reports.
The victim was hit while attempting to cross the multi-lane highway at the time, according to a statement from Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton.
Fair Lawn Superintendent Nicholas Norcia released a statement and confirmed that Tawadros was a student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
'Our condolences go out to the student's family and friends,' he said in a statement.
The officer driving the marked cruiser was Bergen County Sheriff Michael Sansevere.
Sansevere is a 10-year veteran assigned to the K-9 unit who was patrolling Route 208 at the time.
He was taken to the hospital to be checked out following the incident.
Cureton called Sansevere an exceptional officer.
Fair Lawn Superintendent Nicholas Norcia released a statement and confirmed that Christian Tawadros was a student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School
'Right now, my prayers go to him and the family of the young man who died,' Cureton said.
Bergen County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the incident.
In a statement, the Fair Lawn public school district confirmed he was a student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
Superintendent Nicholas Norcia said the public school district would provide counseling support for students or staff struggling with the loss.
Tawadros, from Fair Lawn, was walking with his brother and two friends on Route 208 south when he was hit by the police car (pictured above)
Police at the scene where a Bergen County Sheriff's Officer vehicle fatally struck the boy who was walking with his brother and friends on Sunday night
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