Two students were struck and killed by a car on their walk to school Monday morning
Police have identified two elementary school students who were fatally struck by a car while walking to school on Monday morning in Riverdale Park, Md.
The Prince George’s County police department identified the two victims as 5-year-old Sky Sosa and 10-year-old Shalom Mbah, two local residents, according to a police press release.
Authorities responded to the incident around 8 a.m. on Monday and provided medical aid to both Sky and Shalom, who were critically injured at the scene. They were transported to a local hospital and died “a short time later,” per police.
A man who was related to one of the two children was also struck by the vehicle, according to FOX5. Police said his injuries are not life-threatening.
After an investigation, police determined that the two children and the man were crossing the street at a crosswalk when a van, driven by a woman, made a left turn and struck them. The driver was not injured.
In a press conference Tuesday, Prince George's County Police Chief Malik Aziz said the investigation into the "tragic incident" is ongoing, and the van's driver remained on the scene after the fact.
He also expressed his and the rest of the department’s “profound condolences to the families and friends” of Sky and Shalom.
The school district superintendent, Millard House II, also spoke at the press conference.
"Our hearts ache as we extend our deepest condolences following this most tragic accident that claimed the lives of two of our beloved Riverdale Elementary School students," House said. "The entire community — the school system — is grieving, and our thoughts are with the families and loved ones affected by this unimaginable loss during the pre-Thanksgiving break."
He also noted that crisis counseling services are being offered to students both in-person and virtually in the wake of the loss.
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