Grief counselors will likely remain at Suffield Middle School through next week, according to school officials.
The community has been mourning the loss of 12-year-old Francis Anthony Alamo. He died after being struck by a white box truck while riding his bike on Mountain Road, according to police.
Students spent Friday speaking with counselors as they tried to cope with the lose of their classmate.
"I saw the big truck and I had heard little bits of conversation that a little boy was involved," said parent Robert Britton.
Britton said he saw the police lights and roadblocks. He said he and other parents were heartbroken for the family. The incident has forced them to think of their own children.
"I told him under no circumstances do I want him going on Mountain Road," he said. "Every year somebody get seriously hurt."
Summertime is typically when many children play outside. That's what Anthony was doing with his friends Thursday afternoon. However, their fun quickly changed to horror.
"I think it's horrible and I think we all need to look out regardless of whose fault it is because this is a child," said Holly Klein of Suffield.
Police said Anthony was hit by the truck shortly before 3 p.m. It happened only yards away from where he would have started eighth grade this year.
Accident reconstruction teams were on the scene for hours taking photographs and measurements.
Superintendent Karen Baldwin said Anthony was a gifted student who was athletic and artistic. She said the entire community is mourning the loss.
The school system released on its website a statement from Baldwin:
"Anthony and his family returned to the Suffield community this past school year, and we all feel blessed that we were able to know Anthony and benefit from his kind spirit and abundant energy. Anthony was bright and creative with many talents especially in the arts and athletics. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family and are respecting their privacy during this very difficult time."
Grief counseling at the Suffield Middle School was available on Friday morning. Counseling will be made available on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
A schedule of further counseling will be communicated next week. Baldwin said a letter will be sent to parents on Friday and the counseling schedule would be available on the town's website. A link to that site can be found here.
"The Suffield Public Schools appreciates the outpouring of support from neighbors and the community, and we are working diligently to care for one another during this very challenging time," Baldwin said in a statement Friday.
Police have not released the name of the driver of the truck. They've only said it was most likely someone on the job.
No charges have been filed.
Neighbors said the incident was the last straw. They said something needed to be done.
For a busy road, they said Mountain Road has no sidewalks or traffic lights where the crash happened.
"My husband says it could have been me, really because I'm on my bike all the time," said Rona Dudas, a neighbor. "There's so much traffic and people are going so fast."
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