FLORAL PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Hundreds of mourners, including teary eyed Cub Scouts, remembered a 9-year-old Long Island boy who was struck on his bicycle by a teenager learning to drive.
Andrew Burrous was remembered at a funeral Mass on Monday as a personable youth with a ready smile.
He was killed Thursday near his home in Floral Park, when he was struck by a car driven by a 16-year-old taking driving lessons with her mother, police said.
Police said the girl made a wide turn from Plainfield Avenue and drove up onto the sidewalk on Martha Terrace striking Burrous and his mother, 49-year-old Kathy Burrous around 6:20 p.m.
Kathy Burrous told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera that the accident happened so fast she was stunned.
“The car came from behind us and hit me on my left side, and went up on the sidewalk — hit him on the bicycle,” Burrous said. “I didn’t see what happened after that because the car spun me and I went down.”
Police believe the driver, who had a learner’s permit, must’ve hit the gas pedal by mistake. Neither the girl nor her mother were injured and no charges have been filed in the case.
Burrous told Rivera that she doesn’t understand why the mother was giving the teen a driving lesson in Floral Park in an area surrounded by houses and people.
“It’s not the place to do it,” Burrous said.
Andrew was buried at St. Charles Cemetery in East Farmingdale.