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Boy, 10, dies after he and mom struck by NYC garbage truck

2020-01-07

A 10-year-old boy died Tuesday after he and his mom were struck by a city sanitation truck in Queens, officials said.

The boy and his 40-year-old mother were crossing 57th Ave. near 97th St. outside the LeFrak City apartments in Corona when the sanitation truck came out of a commercial driveway and rammed into them just before 7 a.m.

“When I came outside with my granddaughter we saw the two people lying down in the road," said witness Prakash Tuladhar. “They were going to school in the morning. It was still dark. It’s very scary.”

Both victims were taken to Elmhurst Hospital where the child died four hours later. His mother was taken to the same hospital with leg injuries and expected to survive. An initial report that she needed a leg amputated proved to be incorrect, police said.

The garbage hauler was exiting the driveway and making a right onto 57th Ave. when it struck the two, officials said.

The driver remained at the scene as the NYPD continued its investigation, officials said. No charges were immediately filed.

“We take this tragedy extremely seriously and the collision is currently under investigation,” a spokeswoman for the city Department of Sanitation said.