Child struck by pickup while crossing street for ice cream

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Police are investigating the scene of an accident which sent a 3-year-old child to the hospital.

An ambulance rushed the boy to a local hospital just before 8 p.m. Police remained on the scene on Philadelphia St. near Ontario St., into the evening.

Accident investigators say the boy may have gone into the street to buy ice cream from an ice cream truck. Neighbors told News 4 that the boy had just recently come to town to stay with his father. A relative of the boy crossed the street to get ice cream, the young boy followed, and was struck by a red pickup which was trying to pass the ice cream truck, according to witnesses.

The pickup was placed on a flatbed truck and taken away by Buffalo Police.

A witness on the scene said she and nearby neighbors said a prayer for the child as first responders worked to save the child’s life.

Nearby resident Dan Milovich explained what he saw when he got to the scene.

“I’m a fireman for the City so I went down to see what was going on. The child sustained head injuries and road rashes, bruises, and was transported to Children’s Hospital,” he said. “Any head injury can be life-threatening but the child was awake, crying for his mother, which is always good if the boy’s crying. But any time you have a head injury, it could involve the neck, spine or anything like that so all precautions [were taken] before he was placed in the ambulance.”

Police did confirm the boy was taken to Women and Children’s Hospital and that his injuries appear to be non-life-threatening.

Although the driver was in the back of a police car Monday evening, he has not been charged with a crime at this time.

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