Boy, 12, is beaten and killed for his brother by a patrol car in New Jersey, driven by an officer with a decade of service
- Christian Tawadros, 12, is said to have walked with his brother and a group of friends when he was hit at Fair Lawn shortly after 9 p.m.
- He was walking along Route 208 when he was beaten and killed by the police car on Sunday evening
- According to police, the 12-year-old tried to cross the road when he was hit
- The officer who controlled the marked cruiser has been identified as veteran police officer Michael Sansevere
- The Bergen County Public Prosecutor's Office is investigating the incident
The officer who was driving the car, identified as Michael Sansevere, (photo above), was taken to a local hospital
Authorities have identified the 12-year-old boy who was killed on Sunday evening by a patrol car from the Sheriff prison in Bergen.
Christian Tawadros, 12, is said to have walked with his brother and a group of friends when he was hit in Fair Lawn shortly after 9 p.m., WABC reports.
The victim was hit while attempting to cross the multi-lane highway at the time, according to a statement from Bergen County Sheriff Anthony Cureton.
Fair Lawn Superintendent Nicholas Norcia issued a statement confirming that Tawadros was a student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
& # 39; Our condolences go to the student's family and friends & # 39 ;, he said in a statement.
The officer who controlled the marked cruiser was Michael Sansevere.
Sansevere is a 10-year veteran assigned to the K-9 unit who was patrolling Route 208 at that time.
He was taken to the hospital to be checked after the incident.
Cureton called Sansevere an extraordinary officer.
Fair Lawn Superintendent Nicholas Norcia issued a statement confirming that Christian Tawadros was a student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School
& # 39; Right now my prayers go to him and the family of the young man who died, & # 39; said Cureton.
The Bergen County Public Prosecutor's Office is investigating the incident.
In a statement, the public school quarter, Fair Lawn, confirmed that he was a student at Thomas Jefferson Middle School.
Inspector Nicholas Norcia said the public school district would provide counseling support to students or staff struggling with the loss.
Tawadros, from Fair Lawn, walked south with his brother and two friends on Route 208 when he was hit by the police car (pictured above)
Police where a Sheriff & Bergen's # 39; s Officer vehicle fatally struck the boy who walked Sunday night with his brother and friends
& # 39; When our school community experiences a tragedy, such as the loss of a young life, it has an impact on all of us & # 39 ;, read an email from Chief Inspector Nicholas Norcia. & # 39; Every child processes this news in his or her own way. You know your child better than anyone. If you see your child grieving, seek help from our counselors or another trained community professional. & # 39;
& # 39; As a father, this is the unthinkable and my heart goes out to the family, & # 39; said the commissioner. & # 39; I ask everyone who reads this to hug your loved ones a little tighter today. & # 39;
Route 208 south was closed for a while on Maple Avenue in Fair Lawn while researchers scoured the scene.
The officer who drives the marked cruiser has been identified as veteran police officer Michael Sansevere. The Bergen County Public Prosecutor's Office is investigating the incident