Hempstead, NY — Authorities say a six-year-old Long Island boy died Tuesday when a transit bus careened out of control and slammed into the home where he was sleeping.
According to the New York Post, the Nassau Inter-County Express (NICE) bus was traveling on a Long Island roadway at about 9:30 pm when it swerved to try and avoid hitting a person.
The bus driver hit the pedestrian, lost control of the bus and crashed into the front bedroom of the multi-family home in Hempstead, killing Six-year-old David Granados, the Nassau County Police Department said.
“The bus driver sees the pedestrian, blows his horn three times as a warning, the pedestrian keeps walking toward the moving bus, who was traveling at the proper rate of speed with the green light, tries to avoid him and is forced to make a hard right turn, hops the curb and strikes the house at 505 Fulton Avenue,” said Kenneth Lack, a spokesperson for the Nassau County Police Department.
CNN notes the boy’s 7-year-old brother was also in the room at the time of the crash and suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
Eleven of the about 20 people on the bus were also taken to local hospitals with minor injures.
Following the tragic accident, police deemed that there would not be criminal charges in a preliminary investigation, but officers would continue to investigate.
“NICE is cooperating with police officials, and has its own team investigating the incident,” a spokesman for Nassau Inter County Express said.
Wpix.com has more on the horrific bus crash that claimed the life of six-year-old David Granados in the video below: