CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A 12-year-old boy died Saturday after being struck by a vehicle while running onto the Innerbelt Bridge in downtown Cleveland, according to Cleveland police.
Police said the boy was rushed to MetroHealth hospital by EMS, where he was pronounced dead.
A maintenance crew was nearby when the crash occurred, and they performed CPR on the boy until first responders arrived.
Police said the boy ran from a group home in 2300 block of W. 14th Street, which is where he stayed.
He ran from the home up the W. 14th freeway ramp, according to police.
19 News has learned the 12-year-old ran from the Rose-Mary Center on West 14th, it is an agency with the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland. A spokesperson for the Rose-Mary Center says:
“The staff and management of Rose-Mary are devastated over the tragic loss of it’s cherished young resident, whose life was cut short by this horrific accident. We are united in grief with the family and friends of this young person and pray for healing for all involved. Rose-Mary is working close with police and investigators as answers to questions surrounding the accident are sought. Rose-Mary provides residential care for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”
Police do not know why the boy ran.
Mason City Schools announced on Facebook the boy’s name is Jared Camacho. You can read their post below.
Superintendent Jonathan Cooper released a statement to 19 News:
“Our hearts are broken for the Camacho family," Cooper said. "As the father of four kids and having a child with special needs, tragic events like this are personally very difficult. Losing a student is the absolute hardest part of the job. When students pass away, our whole community mourns with the family and we lift them up in our thoughts and prayers. This was no exception. We are blessed to have an amazing team of leaders, including Nicole Pfirman and her mental wellness team, in our district who quickly responded to help organize efforts to support the family. Our community aligned their collective passion to care for Jared’s family and poured out personal generosity by raising over $10,000 dollars to support the family through this time in less than 24 hours. We would all give anything to have Jared with us learning and playing with friends. Moments like this give us all pause as we reflect on our loved ones.”
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