NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An 11-year-old boy from Queens was hit by a bus while crossing the street Tuesday morning.
Police said the boy was taken to the hospital and his condition was stable.
The boy was crossing Liberty Avenue onto Sutphin Boulevard when he was hit by the bus around 6:50 a.m. Tuesday.
As CBS2’s Erin Logan reported, video obtained exclusively by CBS2 shows the bus sideswipe the boy as it turns left onto Sutphin Boulevard.
Police said the bus driver kept going, but did not make it very far.
Kishore Rahman was working inside a BP gas station when he heard the screams and saw many people running around outside.
Minutes later, police and emergency responders carried the boy into the gas station while waiting for an ambulance.
“He got pain in his stomach and he looks OK. The family came and they took care of him,” Rahman said. “His father was upset. His mom was screaming outside, you know? All of them were upset.”
Police arrested the bus driver – Marc Saget, 60, of Elmhurst, Queens – on charges of failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care. Fortunately, no children were on his bus.
CBS2 reached out to the Department of Education to see if they had any information about the student and why he was walking alone so early. All they would say is they are providing the family with ongoing support while police investigate.
Police told CBS2 the boy was on his way to school. Sources said he attends M.S. 217, which is more than a mile and a half from where he was hit.
That is estimated to be a 50-minute walk.
The school would not comment on the situation, and would only say they were made aware in the afternoon.
But parents who have children of the same age at MS 217 were concerned, saying they simply do not allow their kids to walk to or from school.
“The kids running, maybe talking, crossing the cars like that,” said Yvonne Chin.
Marvin Poncio added that he thought the age of 11 was too young to be walking alone.
They said all that matters right now is that the boy will recover.