12-year-old boy killed in Livingston County crash

Updated: 04/10/2014 11:23 PM
Created: 04/10/2014 4:34 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

For the first time we're hearing from the superintendent of the Dansville Central School District, following a deadly crash involving one if its students.

A 12-year-old boy was killed today after he was hit by a car while he was playing outside his home in Livingston County.

It happened on route 63 in the Town of Sparta just before 4:00pm.

We've learned the 12-year-old's family just moved here two weeks ago, and had been in school 9 days. But the school superintendent, Dr. Paul Alioto says the district is prepared and ready to provide support to students and staff tomorrow and through spring break.

“Regardless of how long he's been in the district. It's a tragedy,” said Alioto.

Alioto was hard at work Thursday night, getting ready for what could prove to be a challenging day for some staff and students at the Dansville’s elementary school. His student was hit by a car and killed this afternoon.

“Loss is very real. It is immediate and we will have counselors on staff and administrators on staff throughout next week,” said Alioto.

Livingston County Sheriff, Tom Dougherty says this accident doesn't make sense.

“He was outside doing what kids should be doing on a nice spring day, playing ball in a side yard. From what witnesses tell us his ball rolled out into the roadway. He went out to cross and was struck by the vehicle,” said Dougherty.

It happened on Route 63, a busy 55 MPH zone minutes away from Dansville.

“This is just one of those no win situations. It's a true accident. Hard on everybody especially the family,” said Dougherty.

Doherty says the driver was not hurt, but quite shaken. The Sheriff says there was nothing she could have done differently.

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