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Albany children struck, community mourns after child dies

A memorial has already been placed where a child died after being hit by a car Friday. (Source: WALB) A memorial has already been placed where a child died after being hit by a car Friday. (Source: WALB)
The Albany Police Department confirmed four children were struck by a vehicle Friday morning, killing one 9 year old. (Source: WALB) The Albany Police Department confirmed four children were struck by a vehicle Friday morning, killing one 9 year old. (Source: WALB)
It happened in the 2400 block of Leonard Avenue, near North Mock Road just after 7 a.m. (Source: WALB) It happened in the 2400 block of Leonard Avenue, near North Mock Road just after 7 a.m. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A 9 year old Albany boy is dead, his sister and another classmate are being treated for serious injuries after they were struck by a car while walking to school Friday.

It happened at North Mock and Leonard Avenue, just north of Five Points, where the four kids were hit while walking in a crosswalk on the way to Turner Elementary school.

Antonio Shed Jr., 9, was killed in the crash.  

His sister, Te-unna Shed, 6, suffered what school officials described as broken bones and head trauma. She was airlifted to a Macon Hospital.

Jahkara Arnold, 10, also suffered serious injuries, and was airlifted to Egelston Hospital in Atlanta.

Jahlana Arnold, 7, suffered scratches and bruises and is home after treatment at Phoebe.

School officials sent half of their crisis team to the hospital to be with the families of the hurt children.

The other half went to Turner Elementary school, where all the children attended, to help the students and teachers through this very hard, emotional time.

"We had the elementary counselors all over here to assist. We had some students who took it very hard, especially his classmates. But all in all it came together," said Marion Stevens, Dougherty County School's Lead Social Worker.

The driver involved in the fatal accident is Montavious Johnson, 26.  

Albany police said the preliminary investigation shows the children walked into the path of the car, and Johnson did not see them. 

So far, no charges have been filed.

J. D. Sumner issued this statement from the Dougherty County School System:

"It's with a heavy heart that we can confirm that one of our students died this morning after being struck by a vehicle while walking to school near Turner Elementary.

Our deepest condolences are with the family of the student as they grieve this loss. Our prayers are also with the three other students who were injured in the incident, including one student who is being prepped for a flight to Egleston in Atlanta.

We currently have DCSS representatives with the families at the hospital to provide assistance and we have a crisis team at Turner Elementary to help our teachers and staff handle this tragedy." 

Community support

A big, emotional outpouring by neighbors, friends, and people across this community.

They are concerned about these kids, their families, and the other students across Albany.

Just hours after the fatal crash, neighbors like Katrisa Mack started to put together a memorial for the kids. The child that died was her neighbor.

"It's just sad, because the only thing I can see, this young man's face. I see "Lil Bit"," said Mack.

The crash happened just down the street from the home of Florine Clemonts and her family.

Florine heard the crash and ran out to see the car and dead child just out front.

"We saw two more kids laying in the road. By then everybody was hollering where the parents, call the ambulance. You know, and it went on from there," said Clemonts.

Other mothers, whose kids were classmates at Turner, were shocked as they walked their kids to school.

"It touched my heart. And just the walk over there this morning and see them laying there. It did something to me," said Sharketa Frazier.

So the memorial grew, with flowers balloons and teddy bears, and footballs.

Robert Burnette walked his grandchildren home.

"Safety.You don't know who is driving. Kids sometimes they play.They don't pay attention to what they are doing, so you have to be there to watch out for them," said Burnette.

Other community members, many who did not know the families involved, came out with signs and started collecting money to help the hurting.

"Our kids walk to school as well. So therefore we just wanted to do something to show that our children stick together," said Teowaka Lyons.

People grieving together, because of the loss of a young one.

"We don't need that to happen around here again. Those kids young and full of life, man. And they will never be able to live it now," said Terrance Taylor.

The accident happened at 7:02 after the school opened Friday, but before the crossing guard came on duty.

That night, dozens of people gathered at the intersection of North Mock Road and Leonard Avenue.

Some were collecting money for the families of the victims while others left balloons and stuffed animals.

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