UPDATED: 7-year-old boy fatally struck by pickup truck in Pasadena


PASADENA >> A 7-year-old boy died late Saturday after he was struck by a pickup truck while walking with his family in Pasadena, authorities said.
The boy was struck about 7:30 p.m. in a crosswalk spanning Hill Avenue at Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena police Lt. Jason Clawson said.
An officials identification was not available Sunday from the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner, however a sign at a roadside memorial to the boy read, “Our beloved Aidan Tam.”
BpE1JT0IgAA5ih7A family of four was walking together when the incident occurred, he said.
“One of the juveniles was running in the crosswalk when he was struck by a passing vehicle,” Clawson said.
None of the other family members who were with the boy were struck, he said.
Paramedics took the injured boy to Huntington Hospital in Pasadena, where he succumbed to his injuries a short time later, police and coroner’s officials said.
The driver of the pickup truck that struck the boy, a 53-year-old Pasadena man, “stopped at the scene, remained there and cooperated with the investigation,” the lieutenant said. “There were no overt signs of impairment.”
The driver was not arrested or cited as police continued their investigation, Clawson said.
The family was walking east across Hill Avenue when the boy was struck, Clawson said. The pickup truck was headed north on Hill Avenue on Colorado Boulevard.
Further details regarding the circumstances of the incident were not available.
A memorial of flowers, candles, written messages, a small toy dragon and beverage cup from Jack In The Box restaurant marked the scene of the fatal collision Sunday.
The memorial was directly in front of a Jack In The Box location at the northeast corner of Hill Avenue and Colorado Boulevard, though it was unclear Sunday if the restaurant was the family’s destination when the boy was struck by the pickup truck.
Neighborhood resident Isabel Ramirez, 65, stopped by the memorial to pay her respects.
“It breaks my heart,” she said, adding that she has a grandson of about the same age.
The tragedy hit especially close to home for Ramirez, who said she has a grandson of about the same age and feels for the parents of the boy.
“It’s hard to believe this happened,” Ramirez said. “These things should never happen.”
The family could not be reached for comment Sunday.
The intersection of Hill Avenue and Colorado Boulevard remained closed for more than three hours as officials investigated the scene.

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