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LOS ANGELES — Neighborhood residents attacked the driver of an ice cream truck after it struck and killed a 7-year-old boy riding a motorized bike in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

The child had been riding alongside the truck on Wednesday when he apparently slipped for an unknown reason and was caught under a rear wheel, police Sergeant Timothy Colson said.

The collision was an accident and the driver, who sustained bruises in the beating, has not been charged, police said. His name was not released.

The driver told police that bricks were thrown at his truck and someone threatened him with a knife. He was taken to a police station for protection. Police were searching for the attackers.

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The child died at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, a police spokeswoman said.

‘‘I walked outside and [the boy] was on the ground, bleeding,’’ Karen Black, who lives in the neighborhood, told KCAL-TV. ‘‘I just tried to comfort the family, you know, because they were hollering.’’

Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter identified the child as Jamarion Thomas.

Neighbor Jackie Johnson described Thomas as ‘‘a lovely little boy.’’

Associated Press