A 12-year-old boy struck and killed Sunday by a Bergen County Sheriff’s Office patrol SUV was hit while he and several other children tried to cross several lanes of highway near an exit ramp, authorities said Monday.
The boy, who was identified by the Fair Lawn School District as Christian Tawadros in a letter sent to parents, was hit about 9:10 p.m. on Route 208 South in Fair Lawn, according to Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo.
“The investigation revealed that the 12-year-old boy was attempting to cross the divided, multi-lane highway from east to west with several other juveniles when he was struck,” Calo said in a statement.
The sheriff’s officer “was on routine patrol traveling in the left lane of Route 208 South,” Calo said.
The boy was a student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Fair Lawn, the district’s Superintendent Nicholas Norcia said in a statement.
“Our condolences go out to the student’s family and friends. When our school community experiences a tragedy, such as the loss of a young life, it impacts all of us,” the district’s statement said. “During this difficult time, the school district will provide counseling support to any students or staff.”
Fair Lawns are currently closed for spring recess, but counseling was being made available at the school on Monday.
Shortly after the crash, the officer was taken to Hackensack University Medical Center where he was treated and released, Calo said.
Calo said the accident remains under investigation.
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