Counselors are going to be made available for students following the death of a 7th grader in Suffield on Thursday afternoon.
The boy, identified as Francis Anthony Alamo, died after being struck by a box truck while he was on his bicycle with a group of children near Suffield Middle School, police said.
Alamo was also a student at the Middle School according to the superintendent.
Alamo was rushed to an area hospital after the crash where he later passed away.
That area of Mountain Road was closed for more than four hours while the accident investigation team processed the scene.
Mountain Road is a busy street in Suffield and detours have been set up to help ease traffic issues with the evening commute.
"It was really gut-wrenching to come home and see the truck," said Rosemary Folta, who lives in the area where the crash happened.
Many people in the area said drivers do travel the speed limit on the road, which is known as a busy one.
"Kids have to be careful on bikes here too and the drivers too because the bikes are vulnerable," said Suffield resident Ed Chase.
Suffield Superintendent of Schools Karen Baldwin said "Anthony was a bright, creative young man who brought positive energy and enthusiasm to every class and activity he participated in."
The driver of the vehicle stayed on scene, according to police. No charges have been filed. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
"I think it's horrible and I think we all need to be looking out because regardless of whose fault it might have been, it's a child," said Holly Klein of Suffield.
The superintendent said there will be counselors available at 9 a.m. Friday at the middle school and would also be available next week with that schedule expected to be announced Friday afternoon.
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