A 6-year-old boy was killed Tuesday morning in a crash in Methuen, Massachusetts, police said.
The two-vehicle crash was reported at about 7:30 a.m. near the intersection of Berkeley Street and East Brook Place in Methuen, police said.
“We’ve had accidents at this intersection but none (recently) that of been this serious,” Police Chief Joseph Solomon said.
Police believe that Flor De Paz and her son, Brian, were traveling in a green Honda Civic when she allegedly ran a stop sign on East Brook Place. The car was then broadsided by a white Ford van traveling on Berkeley Street.
The force of the impact spun the car around, and the boy was ejected.
“After being ejected, preliminary it appears the van ran the child over,” Solomon said.
The boy was pronounced dead at the scene.
Investigators are now trying to determine if the boy was properly restrained.
“Was he able to slip out the side of the seat belt? Or was the seat belt secured?” Solomon said. “Part of the autopsy will determine if there were any injuries consistent with seat belts. You usually see them with X-rays.”
The driver of the van, which is registered in New Hampshire, is cooperating with police.
State police accident reconstruction teams will determine if there were any other contributing factors in the crash.
“Sad day for everyone everywhere, but particularly in your town when you lose a child so tragically,” Solomon said.