NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — A young boy died after he was hit by a car Monday night in Norfolk.
Police say officers were called to the scene in the 3200 block of Sewells Point Road — at Kennebeck Avenue — around 9:40 p.m. for an accident involving a child riding a bicycle.
According to police, a preliminary investigation found the boy was riding his bicycle on the sidewalk along Sewells Point Road when he lost control, veered onto the road and was hit by a vehicle traveling southbound.
Police say the boy, nine-year-old Bryan Perdomo-Henriques, was rushed to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries, but later died.
The driver of the vehicle remained on scene.
Through a translator, Bryan’s cousin Melvin Amaya told 10 On Your Side’s Brandi Cummings, “He’s a very happy boy.”
Bryan was headed to fourth grade.
Amaya explained what happened Monday night.
“On the way back, there was a ditch on the ground and Bryan lost control of the bicycle he fell into the road and that’s when he got hit,” he said. “We just ask for everybody to help. Put yourselves in their shoes.”
Danielle Barfield lives across the street.
“It sounded like two cars hit. A big bang and it made me jump out of bed,” she said. “I looked out the window and I saw, I don’t know if it was his cousin or his friend – I saw him holding him and he was screaming.”
Barfield jumped to action.
“I called my mom because she’s a nurse. I got her to come out and give him mouth to mouth,” Barfield said.
Now, the hardworking family is trying to come to terms with this tragedy and plan a funeral.
“Moments like this we don’t wish upon anybody,” Amaya said. “Things happen when we least expect it, but we don’t question God’s will.”
The circumstances of the crash remain under investigation by the Norfolk police fatality team. Police say the findings of this investigation will be turned over to the Office of the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Family friends have set up an online campaign to help with the funeral. A public viewing will be held on Friday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Riddick Funeral Service, 1225 Norview Avenue. Funeral services will be held at Riddick Funeral Service on Saturday at 10 a.m.
Stay with WAVY.com for updates on this developing story.