CARROLLTON, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – Carrolton Police confirm a 12-year-old boy was struck and killed by a van Monday afternoon.READ MORE: Dallas Stars Win Fourth Game In A Row, Beating Arizona Coyotes 3-2
A 7-year-old relative was also struck and and taken to the hospital with injuries that are not serious.
It happened shortly before 1:00 p.m. on South Josey Lane at Crosby while the children and the mother of the 12-year-old were approaching a driveway in front of a shopping center.
Police said they were walking on the sidewalk and about to cross the driveway when the driver turned to enter the driveway and hit the children.READ MORE: Dallas Police Ask Public For Help Finding Deadly Hit-And-Run Suspects
The mother was not struck.
The child who died has been identified as Victor Garcia.
Carrollton-Farmers Branch ISD tweeted, “It is with great sadness that we share that Dewitt Perry Middle School student Victor Garcia passed away today. Please keep the family, friends & Perry MS community in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”
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It is with great sadness that we share that Dewitt Perry Middle School student Victor Garcia passed away today.
Please keep the family, friends & Perry MS community in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.
— CFBISD (@CFBISD) December 24, 2019
Police said in a tweet, the driver stopped and is cooperating with the investigation.
Our prayers are with the family of a 12-year-old boy who was hit by a van and killed while walking along S. Josey Lane this afternoon.
An investigation is underway, and the driver is cooperating.
— Carrollton TX Police (@CarrolltonTXPD) December 23, 2019
The driver told investigators he swerved to avoid another vehicle that had stopped unexpectedly in front of him.
In addition to a full investigation, the Carrollton Police Department said it is working to provide any and all available resources to the victim’s family.
Garcia’s family has set up a GoFundMe account to help the family with immediate needs and funeral expenses.