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SUV plows into kickball game, killing boy, 7

SUV plows into kickball game, killing boy, 7

May 10th, 2011 in News

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) - A sport utility vehicle careered off a city street and onto an athletic field where dozens of children were playing kickball, killing a 7-year-old boy and injuring an 8-year-old girl, police said Tuesday.

The driver lost control Monday afternoon near a community center in Rochester, in western New York, and may have been suffering from a medical condition, police spokesman Officer Stephen Scott said.

Federal patient privacy law bar authorities from specifying details about the 51-year-old driver's health, such as whether he suffers from epilepsy or a heart condition.

Witnesses told police they saw the SUV traveling erratically along a street before it veered onto the field at around 4:30 p.m. The SUV ran into the two second-graders, who were standing near a baseball diamond, and then plowed through a metal fence and a parked minivan and flipped over, Scott said.

The boy who died was identified as Sahmir Williams, who loved sports and videogames.

The girl, Kaili Garcia, was in satisfactory condition at a hospital Tuesday, a spokeswoman there said. The driver, James Bradley, who had a head injury, also was in satisfactory condition, she said.

Ninth-grader Chermaisha Cox said about 30 children were playing a pickup game of kickball when Bradley's vehicle ran across the field.

"We've never seen anything like his happen," she told the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle newspaper. "It was a flash out of nowhere."