FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens — A 7-year-old boy was fatally struck by a church van in Queens on Wednesday afternoon, police said.
Cameron Brown was hit around 3:15 p.m., police said. He was pinned against the back of the bus as he crossed Gipson Street, just a short walk from where he lived.
Brown was unresponsive when officers arrived. He was rushed to St. John's Episcopal where he was pronounced deceased.
"I saw him, and he was in a very, very horrible... It was a horrible situation. A lot of people was crying... and I saw the police crying, too. His head had a hole... bleeding from his mouth," neighbor Keith Williams told PIX11.
The 22-year-old van driver stayed on the scene.
After speaking with detectives, the female bus driver reportedly left the bus crying hysterically and walked down the street.
"It's very sad. It hurts. That's a child. It's a mother's nightmare," said neighbor Lisa De Jesus.
De Jesus also said she believes the bus driver and van driver are related, possibly mother and son.
Police sources initially said the child was hit by a school bus, but an NYPD spokesperson later confirmed the child was struck by a church van driving next to a school bus.