6-Year-Old Boy Killed By Truck After Crossing Guard Abandons Post

Fri, March 1, 2013 10:34am EST by 7 Comments

So sad. A young boy from Harlem was fatally struck by a truck on his way to school because the crossing guard left the intersection unattended. Do you think the crossing guard should be charged with the boy’s death?

Amar Diarrassouba, 6, was on his way to PS 155 when he was hit  by a tractor-trailer at 7:54 a.m. while crossing the street at the intersection of First Avenue and East 117th Street in Harlem. The intersection’s crossing guard, Flavia Roman, was supposed to start her shift at 7:30 a.m., but left her post unattended.

Flavia, 55, returned to the post shortly after claiming she went home for a bathroom break, which was only a half-block away. She told police that she had left her post without getting permission because of an “emergency.”

Flavia, who has been an employee of the NYPD since 2003, appears to have a clean employment record. However, parents raised concerns about the crossing guard’s attentiveness.

“I would never see her [working]. Whenever someone’s crossing, she’s talking to other people,” claims Oscar Paz, a parent of a PS 155 student. “She’s a person who didn’t do her job well,” he adds. “Instead of walking children across the road, she’s distracted and talking to people.”

The driver of the truck, Robert Carroll, told police he didn’t see Amar crossing the street. The trucker, 42, had a green light, although the boy had a walk signal and the right of way. After the accident, Robert continued driving north on First Avenue and was flagged down by witnesses who notified him of the accident.

A nearby biker stopped and helped move the boy to the sidewalk shortly after the accident. “The boy was bleeding from the head, and he tried to stop the blood. He just picked him up off the street and brought him to the sidewalk,” Samar Preet, a nearby gas station worker, explains. “The guy on the bike did everything he could to save the kid.”

The boy was taken to Harlem Hospital in cardiac arrest, but was unable to be saved. The crossing guard has been suspended for 30 days unpaid and could potentially face criminal charges for abandoning her post.

HollyMoms, do YOU think the crossing guard should be held accountable for the boy’s death? Vote below!

– Jenny Pickard

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Posted at 3:13 PM on March 1, 2013  

I think the respinsibility of the accident in first place is the mother of the child who leaves her nine year old in charge of a 6 year old instead of walking them to school she should go to jail for her own sons death. Is to much responsibility for a nine year old for him to take care of his little brother

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Posted at 10:55 AM on March 1, 2013  

So so Sad ;( Why did she leave her post to go home to the bathroom half a block away????? Wasn’t she obligate by her job to stay at the croosroad until the school bell rung and then she should stay at least 10 min after the bell has rung ( in case a child is late) Yes she should be made responsable for this litte boy death for had she done her job well (which is protecting the children and crossing them safely) the litte boy would be here today. To the family my sincerest sympathies . One more little angel for God !

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Nobody Special

Posted at 10:47 AM on March 1, 2013  

Yes that woman should be charged ! How careless of her ! She should not have left until AFTER the second school bell had rung, just in case of stragglers.
now, because of her, that child is dead.

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Posted at 10:35 AM on March 1, 2013  

Reblogged this on livefreeandbeyourself and commented:
this is horrible… pedestrians ALWAYS have the right of way when you’re driving.. no matter what!

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Nobody Special

Posted at 10:51 AM on March 1, 2013  

@ bandgeek88:
Ahem ,excuse me,dear young one: Those trucks cannot stop on a dime. I have friends and relatives thar drive truck,and those tractors cannot stop quickly. That ,and the fact, the trucker did not know he had hit someone. Those trucks, in case you did not know, are not as easily felt, if in a pedestrian accident, unlike cars and smaller trucks.

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Posted at 11:02 AM on March 1, 2013  

@nobody special, your are right about trucks not being able to stop on a dime. Not the driver fault, the woman did not do her job! She should be charged for the death, yes it’s too bad but she should have been alot more responsable.

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Posted at 1:37 PM on March 1, 2013  

Considering the trucker was obviously near a school, which would make it a SCHOOL ZONE, he shouldn’t have been driving over like 35 MPH if that, which is slow enough speed for any car or truck to stop. He was negligent enough that he didn’t even NOTICE he hit a little boy let alone stop and should be charged for his negligence. Not the crossing guard.

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