Family, friends mourn death of 7th grader

 

SUFFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) — The border town of Suffield is in shock and mourning for a seventh grader struck and killed by a box truck right in front of his school.

About fifty kids and their parents came for grief counseling at the Suffield Middle School on Friday. The counseling will be available again on Saturday.

Less than twenty-four hours before there were tangled bicycles right in front of the building on busy Mountain Road. One was struck by a box truck right out front, taking the young life of 12-year-old seventh grader Anthony Alamo. Everyone told us today he was a very artistic kid who was also a star on the school gymnastics team.

Aftermath of child struck and killed by car in Suffield, July 24, 2014. (Photo: Katie Mattson)
Aftermath of child struck and killed by car in Suffield, July 24, 2014. (Photo: Katie Mattson)

Dillion Loiseau was on one of those bicycles and said they were headed to a gas station because Anthony was getting a flat tire. “He always had a smile on his face,” said Dillion. Anthony was his best friend.

“Very upsetting,” Dillion’s dad Brian said. “I’m doing better now as long as I know he’s alright and he’s doing okay. We were talking to some people that helped out. We’re doing a lot better now.”

But other people in town that may have heard about the accident were just finding out that Anthony had died. “They’re all really like shocked that this happened and they didn’t know that he was going to die,” said Martina Daniele, a schoolmate. “They were really shocked about this.”

Residents tell us that traffic on the long and straight Mountain Road in front of the school is almost always going too fast. “It’s just an accident waiting to happen, a bad, bad road, for a bicycle,” said Bob Riordan, who lives nearby.

The Windsor Locks Funeral Home is handling arrangements, which are yet to be announced.

Suffield police say they are still gathering information on this accident before drawing any conclusions about whether or not to press any charges against the truck driver.

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