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    Posted: Mar 01 2013 at 4:13pm

6-year-old child killed in Harlem after being struck by truck while crossing guard was on bathroom break

Amar Diarrassouba was a half block from his school, P.S. 155, when the horrific accident occurred. Police and paramedics found Amar's 10-year-old brother, who was walking him to school, crying over his body. The crossing guard, who was on away when the accident occurred, has been suspended.


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Amar Diarrassouba, 6, was hit by a truck and killed in East Harlem.

A 6-year-old boy walking to school with his older brother Thursday was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer in East Harlem — while the crossing guard was on a bathroom break.

But the heartbroken father of little Amar Diarrassouba said crossing guard Flavia Roman has been a fixture at the corner and he doesn’t blame her for his son’s death.

“She loved that boy,” Sidiki Diarrassouba said at the family’s home in the East River Houses. “Something happened, I don’t want to blame her.”

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Diarrassouba was killed at this spot near First Ave. and E. 117th St. while walking to school with his big brother.

Roman, a crossing guard for 10 years, has been suspended for leaving her post at First Ave. and E. 117th St. without permission at her nearby apartment, police said. She has worked at that intersection since 2003.

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A devout Muslim and an immigrant from the Ivory Coast, the distraught dad added, “I believe in Allah, so whatever Allah decides. He’s the one who give him to me, he can take him back. He’s the one who decide today was his last day.”

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The truck driver was identified as Robert Carroll Jr., 42, of Woodbury, N.J. He was given a summons, but not arrested.

While he spoke, tears streamed down the face of Amar’s mom.

“He was so smart, he loved everybody,” Mehichata Diarrassouba said of her lost son. “He was a wonderful child, that’s it. What else do you want?”

Amar’s aunt, Fatima Sylla, was equally distraught.

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Police were on the scene investigating the cause of the deadly accident.

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“It is horrible, just horrible,” she said. “A little boy walking to school, and now he is just gone.”

NYPD spokeswoman Inspector Kim Royster said Roman has been suspended.

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Marcus Santos /for New York daily news

A police officer on the scene looks over a bloody backpack.

“She said she had an emergency, but she did not notify her supervisor,” Royster said.

Roman’s relatives said police have turned the 55-year-old grandmother into a scapegoat. They said the guard, who raised five kids on her own, once saved a child from an oncoming car.

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TOTAL HEARTBREAK: Mehichata Diarrassouba said her son 'loved everybody.'

“She hardly ever takes a break,” said granddaughter Karina Matias, 21, of Queens. “It’s unfortunate that the one minute she does, a child gets killed.”

Roman was assigned to the post from 7:30 to 9 a.m.

“I don’t understand how anybody can say anything negative about her,” Matias said. “They have to put the blame on someone.”

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Marcus Santos /for New York daily news

Carroll had no idea he struck the young boy until bystanders yelled for him to stop.

Amar was heading to Public School 155 with his 9-year-old brother at 7:50 a.m. when he was struck, police said. They were less than a block from the school.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 01 2013 at 4:14pm
nypost, specificially blamed the cross guard who had left her post. she made the front cover this morning. its a gossip magazine anyway, so im not sure how much validity it holds.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 01 2013 at 4:15pm
I was trying to get down here w/o reading all of it and saw the picture with the blood on the ground. Why did they have to show thatCry
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 01 2013 at 4:16pm
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 01 2013 at 4:19pm
so sad
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 01 2013 at 4:20pm
This is horrible Cry
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 01 2013 at 4:25pm
Why did they include the bloody pics
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 01 2013 at 4:25pm
poor baby Cry...that blood picture....why?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 01 2013 at 4:26pm
I saw a similar accident a few moments ago in a front of a school . The child was laying on the grass with a crossing orange safety belt . I think the person hit the child during her crossing guard duty . People Drive while doing everything under the sun . RIP little Angel . CryBroken Heart
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: Mar 01 2013 at 4:30pm
Originally posted by Positive K Positive K wrote:

RIP. Those NYC streets can be dangerous. First time I went up there I almost got hit by a car crossing the street. 



Same here. At one point I had to literally sprint across. The drivers have complete disregard for pedestrians which is quite shocking.

RIP & I hope his brother recovers from that experience too.
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