Accident claims life of boy on bike in Gloversville
Police today were still investigating the death of a 9-year-old boy who was struck by a pickup truck Monday while riding his bicycle near East Pine Street and Bloomingdale Avenue.
Police identified the boy as Jonathan Blaney. The driver was 49-year-old Brian Wilson of Gloversville, who was not injured in the accident, police said.
Blaney was struck by the vehicle while riding his bike around 5:30 p.m. near his home, officials said.
The investigation was ongoing today and no decision was made regarding any possible criminal charges, police said.
“There is no indication there was any alcohol or illegal substances or any egregious actions by Mr. Wilson,” Capt. John Sira said this afternoon.
Sira said the department will not release the addresses of either the boy or the motorist.
He said the department is still unsure of the exact situation that led to Blaney being struck. He said Wilson was turning off Bloomingdale Avenue when the accident occurred.
Sira said the boy was struck by the vehicle and went under the tires. He said Blaney succumbed to his injuries en route to St. Mary’s Hospital in Amsterdam.
Chief Donald VanDeusen said an autopsy is being conducted today in Albany. He wouldn’t give an exact cause of death or extent of the injuries until the autopsy is completed.
Blaney, who was a third-grader at Boulevard Elementary School, was described by school Principal Thomas Komp as full of energy and life and well known around the building by faculty, staff and students.
“He was a great kid,” Komp said.
He said the school hasn’t planned any formal event or service regarding the death, but counselors at the school were available throughout the morning to speak with those affected by the loss.
“We are still kind of waiting to see what’s happening,” Komp said. “I’ll be sending a letter home to let the parents know.”
District officials, teachers and counselors will be available to provide support to those who are grieving, district officials said in a news release. The district has activated its crisis intervention team, composed of counselors from throughout the school district and Fulton County. The team will monitor student reaction and help students who may need additional support and services to cope with the tragedy.
“We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and all those who knew, loved and/or taught this very special young man,” Superintendent Michael Vanyo said in the news release.
Ashley Vosburgh, who lives on East Pine Street, said Monday night he was at his home when he saw the victim in the street.
Vosburgh said he performed CPR on the boy before emergency officials arrived.
Christine Lewis of Addison Street said her friend was driving behind the pickup truck at the time of the accident.
After the accident, Lewis said, her friend stopped and also tried to revive the boy.
Sira confirmed people at the scene did try to help the boy.
Along with in-school grief counseling, links to local resources for grieving adults and children are available on the school district web site, www.gloversvilleschools.org.