Amar Diarrassouba, 6, was hit by a truck and killed in East Harlem.
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.
By Rocco Parascandola , Denis Slattery , Kerry Burke , Thomas Tracy AND Corky Siemaszko / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
“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.