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Boy killed after being struck by at least 2 vehicles on east side

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A boy was killed after being struck by at least two vehicles on the east side Friday morning.

The family has identified the boy as 7-year-old Sevion Sanford, who attended Lakeside Elementary School.

“His smile was everything and hee loved everybody, he wanted to help everybody,” says Ceair Compton, Sevion’s cousin. “A whole bus stop full of kids [are] traumatized for the rest of their life.” 

Sanford was waiting for a bus, police say. Compton says the other kids at the bus stop watched the incident unfold.

IMPD says the first vehicle was a light-colored sedan that fled the scene in an unknown direction. The second vehicle is believed to have killed Sanford. That driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.

“Usually his mom takes him to school, so he doesn’t stand by the bus stop, he just rides the bus home,” says Compton.

Compton tells I-Team 8 the only reason Sevion was riding the bus to school on Friday was because his mom was still in the hospital after giving birth to a baby boy earlier in the week.

“Never got to meet his little brother. Only got to see him on the video phone call,” Compton says. “We’re just hanging on. We got faith in God, we just want justice.” 

MSD of Warren Township issued this statement:

This morning, Friday, Mar. 18, a Lakeside Elementary student was struck by a vehicle while waiting at the bus stop, resulting in his death. We are working closely with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department as additional details develop.

This is a great loss for our entire Warren Township School family, and our sincere condolences go out to the family of this child. The district is presently focused on providing additional support and resources needed by our students and staff. Additional guidance counselors will be at Lakeside Elementary to help students, staff, and families deal with this tragic loss.