A four-year-old boy who was a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe was fatally injured in a crash on Route 151 in Falmouth on Thursday, officials said.
Mashpee Schools Superintendent Patricia DeBoer said the child was a pre-school student at the K.C. Coombs School in Mashpee. She identified him as Okemos Brown of Mashpee. DeBoer said he was a member of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe.
“Okemos was a bright light in the lives of all who knew him, and he will be greatly missed,” DeBoer wrote in the letter provided to the Globe. “Okemos was related to many members of our connected community. We will all spend difficult moments grieving his loss. Please keep Okemos and his family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Counselors were made available for students, staff, and their families.
“We suggest that you make an extra effort to listen to your child during this time,” DeBoer wrote. “It is important that you deal honestly and directly with any questions that he or she may have.”
Police responded to the crash, which occurred on Route 151 at the on-ramp to Route 28, around 9 a.m. Thursday, according to a Facebook post from Falmouth police. Brown was taken to a Boston hospital by MedFlight because of the extent of his injuries, police wrote.
A sedan and a commercial truck were involved in the crash, according to police.
The crash is under investigation by Falmouth and State Police along with the Barnstable Sheriff’s Department.
No further information is currently available.
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