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Crossing Guard 'Wasn't There' When Boy, 6, Killed by Truck

Friday, March 01, 2013

A 6-year-old boy walking to school was killed by a tractor-trailer at a Harlem intersection without a crossing guard.

Police say Amar Diarrassouba was hit around 8 a.m. Thursday.

"What we're saying is that she was not on post when the accident happened," Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. "Thats all we can say at this time is that she wasn't there."

The whereabouts of the crossing guard is being investigated. According to police, she called in to say she was at her post, but was not.

The first-grader was walking with his 9-year-old brother to P.S. 155 when the accident occurred. The brother was not hurt.

The crossing guard, who has spent a decade on the job, was suspended, police said. She is not likely to face criminal charges but may face administrative charges, according to authorities.

Crossing guards are allowed short breaks but must log in the times they leave and return.

The truck driver was issued a ticket for failing to yield to a pedestrian.

Kathleen Horan and the Associated Press contributed reporting

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John from Mamaroneck

It seems pretty one sided to be asking only where was the crossing guard. Where was the boy's caretaker? There was no mention of this in the story above or in the report on the radio. A 9-yr old is (clearly) too young to be supervising a 6-yr old. Crossing guards are not substitute parents.

Mar. 03 2013 08:55 AM

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