A fundraising campaign has been started for the family of 9-year-old Drew Faustin, who was struck and killed by a minivan in Westchester while crossing the street just days before his 10th birthday.
Faustin, a fourth-grade student at Graham Elementary School in Mount Vernon was struck by the vehicle driven by 27-year-old Connecticut resident Janay Ruiz, 27, shortly after 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 8, while crossing South Columbus Avenue in Mount Vernon, officials said. The boy was transported to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx for treatment, where he was pronounced dead.
In response, a GoFundMe campaign was set up on behalf of Faustin, which garnered more than $4,700 in less than 24 hours.
“My baby brother was fatally struck by an SUV on his way home from the park. He was only 9 years old and seven days shy of his 10th birthday on May 15th,” Bryanna Sinclair wrote on the GoFundMe page. “My family and I are completely devastated by this sudden and tragic loss. Drew was the sweetest boy you could ever meet. He enjoyed playing Fortnite, DJ-ing, spending time with his friends, family and church family. There is no way to be prepared for such a tragedy.”
“Our hearts are broken with the tragic traffic accident involving one of our elementary school children who just wanted to travel and play. The boy was on the verge of ‘double digits’ with his birthday next week and was looking forward to celebrating Mother’s Day with his mom,” Mount Vernon Mayor Richard Thomas said in a statement.
“Though precious moments will never come to pass, we must lean into the Lord and pray for the family, his elementary school classmates, the Congregational Heights Church and good Mount Vernon families. I praise and thank the Mount Vernon Police, Fire, Empress Ambulance and Mount Vernon Hospital doctors who fought to stabilize the boy enough to transport him to Jacobi where he later moved on.”
Graham School Principal Natasha Hunter-McGregor issued a statement on behalf of the school after he was identified.
"Drew was well liked by his classmates and teachers. He always had a smile on his face and compassion for his friends," Hunter-McGregor said in a statement. "He will be greatly missed. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. We ask that you keep them in your prayers as we mourn the tragic loss of one of our Graham School Stars.”
“Please keep the family and our school community in your thoughts and prayers,” the Mount Vernon School District posted on Facebook. “It is times like this that we must band together for the sake of all children.”
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