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Boy, 6, hit by truck in Providence dies

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UPDATED: 5/6/13 11:45 PM

Dee DeQuattro

Melissa Toupin

A six-year-old boy was killed when he was hit by a truck in Providence Sunday evening.

Witnesses say Derrick Anthony Johnson Jr. was holding his mothers hand as he crossed the street when the driver ran over him.

"He didn't stop when he hit that little boy," said neighbor Raisa Edwards. " He hit him. The little boy went up a little bit and he continued to run over him."

Johnson Jr. sustained severe head injuries during the accident and was transported to Hasbro Children's Hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.

A memorial is now growing outside the home. While Edwards didn't personally know the bright eyed little boy, she says she will always remember him.

"I close my eyes and I see this little boy. There's nothing that will ever take that image from my mind," said Edwards.

Johnson's aunt says he was getting dropped off to her home because she was taking Johnson and his cousin to the circus.

The boy's aunt, Evelyn Almodovar, tells ABC6 her nephew was playful, angelic, and had his whole life in front of him.

Johnson was a kindergarten student in Providence Schools.

The Providence School Department released the following statement:

We have learned that one of our kindergarten students has died after a tragic accident this weekend. Our hearts go out to this young child's family in their grief, and our school and district crisis teams, including numerous counseling professionals and social workers, have been mobilized to offer support to friends, classmates and school staff who will surely be deeply impacted and saddened by the death of such a young student.

Providence Schools does not, as a practice, release or confirm the name of minor students involved in incidents outside of school, nor does the district release specific enrollment information for that student.

The driver of the pick-up truck, 39-year-old Andres Morales, was arraigned Monday. He plead not guilty to driving with out a license. He is being held on an immigration warrant. ICE officials tell ABC6 Morales was supposed to leave the United States by 2009.


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