A 6-year-old boy has died after a semi hit the child while he was riding his bicycle to school in Orange County.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Jaden Vasquez Vallejo was riding to Meadow Woods Elementary School when the semi, a flatbed truck hauling lumber, struck the 6-year-old along Landstar Boulevard near State Road 417.
Vallejo was with his brother, a fifth grader, when he was hit. His brother told investigators the two were walking their bikes across the street when the truck hit Vallejo, dragging him under it.
Before troopers got to the scene, his brother and mother, who live nearby, tried performing CPR on him.
Vallejo was taken to Nemours Children's Hospital, where he later died.
"It's already involving a child, it's very upsetting, but to hear the specifics of what this family went through to save their child, that family is going through a lot," said Sgt. Kim Montes with the Florida Highway Patrol.
A spokeswoman for Orange County Public Schools confirms a grief counselor will be at the school Thursday to assist any students or faculty.
FHP said the driver of the truck, 47-year-old Raiford Reynolds, of Winter Haven, failed to yield at the intersection and told them he did not see the boy.
Charges are pending against Reynolds. Montes said they have not decided what offense to charge Reynolds with and will continue to investigate the incident.
Reynolds had three minor driving offenses on his record. We were unable to reach his employer.
The crash remains under investigation. Troopers are asking anyone who witnessed the crash to them at (407) 737-2213.