Truck strikes, kills 5-year-old boy in Silver Heights

Published: Apr. 15, 2016 at 4:12 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 22, 2016 at 5:36 PM EDT
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The child was rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital. (Source: Air 3/WAVE 3 News)
The child was rushed to Kosair Children's Hospital. (Source: Air 3/WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A 5-year-old boy was riding his bike near his home in Okolona when he was struck and killed by a truck Friday.

"It really shook me up," Joyce Depoyster said. She lives right across from where the crash happened. She said she went outside as soon as she heard the commotion.

The boy was rushed to a hospital. Police cleared roads to get him there faster, but his injuries where just too much.

"This is a very tragic incident involving a child so young and obviously for the driver of the vehicle," LMPD spokesman Dwight Mitchell said.

The man driving the truck does maintenance at the apartment complex where the boy lived.

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"He's a wonderful guy," neighbor Robert Denney said of the truck driver. "I mean to see this happen to him, I know it struck him bad."

Added Depoyster: "He was really upset. I mean he was really upset. He was, I think he was in shock."

Police said the driver didn't see the boy as he was turning into the complex. There are no sidewalks around the complex. Depoyster said she had a bad feeling something like this would happen.

"I think it was a couple of days ago and I said you watch, somebody, a little kid's gonna get killed," she said.

"Those kids, they're kids," Denney said. "They ride their bikes and sometimes they may make mistakes and dart out in front of you something like that."

The little boy was known around the neighborhood. Neighbors would often see him riding his bike. They described him as an itty-bitty little thing who they'll remember smiling and happy.

"He was a cute little boy," Depoyster said. "So sad."

John Spalding, the spokesperson for All Trade Service Solutions LLC, which owns the apartment complex, issued a statement following the incident:

"All Trade Service Solutions and Victoria Gardens offer their heartfelt condolences to the family of the child and that they will fully cooperate with any and all police investigations that will take place," the statement read.

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