A 3-year-old boy was struck and killed by a car on Friday, a tragedy that unfolded on a Brockton street only two weeks after a 12-year-old boy celebrating his birthday was also fatally hit.
Casiam Modesto, of Brockton, was struck by the car on Hervey Street, just west of Main Street, and was taken to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the office of the Plymouth district attorney.
Brockton police and fire responded to the scene at about 4:42 p.m., officials said. Upon arrival, police found the driver of the vehicle, who had stopped and remained at the scene after the accident, according to District Attorney Timothy J. Cruz’s office. A BMW car was involved in the accident.
Mayor Bill Carpenter visited the family of Casiam and offered his condolences, said Bob Buckley, a spokesman for the mayor.
“Right now, we are trying to provide comfort and sympathy to the family of the victim and we will continue to look into why there have been several accidents in the past few weeks,” Buckley said.
The death of Casiam was the second fatal accident involving a child in the past two weeks in Brockton, leaving officials and residents stunned.
Nazair Nunes-Escobar was struck and killed by a truck on Battles Street, only about two miles away from Friday’s accident site on Hervey Street, on Aug. 14 as he was celebrating his 12th birthday by trying out a new pair of roller blades.
Luisa Borvosa, 38, who works at Green Light Unisex Beauty Salon at 553 Main St. — around the corner from Friday’s scene — said she came outside after she heard the crash.
“When we heard it, we rushed outside and the boy was in the middle of the street, motionless,” she said. “Everybody was screaming and everyone from inside came out.”
Borvosa said the mother and grandmother of the toddler accompanied him in an ambulance to the hospital.
“She was screaming and crying and all over the place,” Borvosa said. “It was saddening to see.”
State Police detectives assigned to Cruz’s office responded to the scene, as well as the State Police Collision Analysis Reconstruction Section and Crime Scene Services Section, said State Police spokesman David Procopio.
Procopio said investigators will report their findings to Brockton police and Cruz’s office.
No criminal charges are pending at this time for the driver of the vehicle that struck the boy, according to authorities.Kyle Plantz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter at @kylejplantz.