Thursday, February 25, 2021

Shimon Zev Fried 6 Struck & Killed by Bus in Williamsburg ...

An eight year old Chasidic boy on his way to school lost his life this morning after a heartbreaking accident in Williamsburg.

Sources say that Shimon Zev Fried was running to catch his bus just after 8:30 this morning when he was instead struck by the vehicle which pulled away, leaving him lying in the roadway. It appears that the driver of the bus did not see the boy as he ran towards the vehicle and was unaware that he had hit him.

Police said that the driver of an MTA B60 bus was driving on South 5th Street just east of Hooper Street when she noticed something in the roadway and realizing that it was a child, she pulled over to the side of the road. According to ABC News (, the bus arrived at the accident scene just two minutes after it happened, with the driver phoning dispatch which place the call to 911. The NYPD, Hatzolah and Chesed Shel Emes all responded to the accident and the boy, who had sustained traumatic injuries, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A statement released by MTA Bus Company president Craig Cipriano described the incident as a tragedy.

“Our hearts go out to the child’s family as well as to our colleague driving the B60 bus that came upon the scene and first discovered the horrible aftermath,” said Cipriano. “We are fully cooperating with the NYPD investigation and providing all possible support to the bus operator as she recovers from trauma.”

The driver of the school bus was later located and is cooperating with police at the 90th Precinct. Sergeant Robert Denig of the NYPD’s Highway Patrol’s Collision Investigation Squad said that the difficulty of his team’s work was further exacerbated by the circumstances of this accident.

“It’s always heartbreaking,” said Sergeant Denig. “And yes, when it’s a child, it’s that much more heartbreaking. It’s devastating.”

The Levayeh 

A large mass of mourners gathered outside a Brooklyn synagogue on Wednesday evening for the funeral of a 6-year-old boy who was fatally struck by his school bus.

The grief-stricken father of little Shimon Fried remembered his son as a “special child,” as he spoke to relatives, friends and other members of the Orthodox Jewish community in South Williamsburg.

“He wanted to learn and grow,” Shimon’s sobbing father, Malky Fried said in Yiddish.

The crowd of about 200 was brought to tears as the grieving dad recalled how his son, even as a toddler, “always wanted to grow and be better.”

“He is a very holy child,” Fried continued. “He did unusual things for his age.” 

“He was like a rabbi… he was a special child.”

The youngster’s grandfather, his school principal and friends of the family also spoke at the hour-long outdoor ceremony on Clymer Avenue near Wythe Avenue.

A group of men were then seen carrying the child’s coffin away, their heads bowed.




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