EDITOR’S NOTE: New information from the coroner has been provided regarding the deceased’s age. This is reflected below.
INDIANAPOLIS — A child is dead after police say he was hit by a vehicle while waiting on a school bus Friday morning on the east side of Indianapolis in what officers described as a hit-and-run incident.
IMPD East District officers were dispatched around 7:30 a.m. Friday to the 2100 block of Yorkshire Court near 21st Street and Post Road for a report of a pedestrian struck.
The Marion County Coroner’s Office identified the victim as 7-year-old Sevion Sanford.
Police said they believe the young victim was standing at the bus stop for the Warren Harbor Apartments, along with other kids, when for some unknown reason Sanford ran across the street.
Dozens of friends and family gathered Friday along 21st Street to mourn the death. Among those grieving was Sanford’s mother, who family members said came from the hospital after giving birth to the victim’s baby brother earlier this week.
A small memorial was set up at the scene in honor of the victim.
Police said at least two vehicles struck the boy. The first vehicle, a light-colored sedan, left the scene. The driver of the second vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators. Police believe the child died after being struck by the second vehicle.
The death is being investigated as a hit-and-run, police said.
“Today’s tragedy hits home for a lot of people,” IMPD Commander Richard Riddle said. “It’s a tragic set of circumstances that happened across the city today.”
Just a half hour later, IMPD was called to another scene on Rockville Road following a two-car crash that killed a 15-year-old, a student at George Washington High School. Three other victims were taken to a hospital with injuries.
Police are still investigating what led to that crash, but shared a message for drivers everywhere.
“We’re encouraging driver to slow down and pay attention to their surroundings,” Riddle said. “The fact that daylight savings just occurred and we have kids at bus stops when it’s dark outside furthers our call to have people slow down, be careful and keep their eyes open.”
Officials with Warren Township confirmed the 7-year-old victim was a second grade student at Lakeside Elementary and released the following statement:
“This morning, Friday, Mar. 18, a Lakeside Elementary student was struck by a vehicle while waiting at the bus stop, resulting in his death. We are working closely with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department as additional details develop.
This is a great loss for our entire Warren Township School family, and our sincere condolences go out to the family of this child. The district is presently focused on providing additional support and resources needed by our students and staff. Additional guidance counselors will be at Lakeside Elementary to help students, staff, and families deal with this tragic loss.”
This is one of several deadly traffic incidents in the FOX59 viewing area Friday morning. One person was killed in a crash on Keystone Parkway in Carmel and a 15-year-old was killed on Rockville Road in a crash.