Teenager killed, 2 hurt in crash near North Miami Senior High School
1 injured victim hospitalized, another treated at scene
NORTH MIAMI, Fla. – A teenager was killed and two people were hurt when they were hit by a car in North Miami early Tuesday morning, according to Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
Henry "Ronald" Toussaint, a student at North Miami Senior High School died when he was hit by the Chevrolet Impala about 6:30 a.m. while crossing the street at Northeast 135th Street and Seventh Avenue.
Toussaint was pronounced dead at the scene.
"I'm by myself. I have three kids. My boy just died for nothing," Toussaint's father, Claude Toussaint, said.
Two sisters who also attend North Miami Senior High School, Laura Perez, 16, and Carolina Perez, 15, were also injured.
Police said Laura was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital and Carolina suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital by her mother.
"She is OK. She just has an armband on and stuff," Waldo Singotani said about Laura.
Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho took to Twitter after the accident.
"Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with the student's family and for the speedy recovery of the other students involved," he said.
The intersection where the crash happened is within blocks of North Miami Senior High School, North Miami Middle School and Arch Creek Elementary School. According to police, the crash happened during hours when the area is not a school zone.
Parents are now voicing their concerns that the intersection is not safe for their children to cross.
"I'm scared for all the kids. Tomorrow it could be any of them," Rosemary Guillon said.
"They shouldn't be speeding in school zone," The sister's aunt, Sandra Perez, said.
Crisis counselors are at the school to assist students and faculty with coping with the tragedy.
Police said the driver stayed at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation.
The driver is not being charged at this time. Police have not said whether speed was a factor in the crash.
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