FAIR LAWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say a child struck by a police cruiser in northern New Jersey has died from his injuries.

A child died after being struck by a Fair Lawn police cruiser on Apr. 14, 2019. (credit: Kyle Mazza/UNF News)

The 12-year-old boy was walking with some other children when he was struck shortly after 9 p.m. Sunday on Route 208 South in Fair Lawn. The marked cruiser was driven by Michael Sansevere, a Bergen County sheriff’s officer who was on patrol in the area.

The Fair Lawn boy was pronounced dead shortly after the crash. His name hasn’t been released.

Sansevere was taken to a hospital for evaluation and released. He has served with the sheriff’s office for 12 years.

The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

“The Bergen County Sheriff’s Office with continue to provide support services to our officers and our hearts go out to the family during this difficult time,” Sheriff Anthony Cureton said in a statement.

“As a father, this is the unthinkable and my heart goes out to the family,” Fair Lawn Schools Superintendent Nicholas Norcia said in a statement. “I ask anyone who reads this to hug your loved ones a little tighter today.”

Counseling will be available at TJMS on Tuesday, April 16, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. When school resumes on Monday, April 22, there will be district and support staff available, Norcia said.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)



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