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Authorities identify boy hit and killed by dump truck in Pittsburgh

Megan Guza
| Thursday, July 27, 2017, 2:52 p.m.
Pittsburgh police investigate the scene of a crash that killed an 8-year-old boy who was riding a bike in the 1400 block of Spring Garden Avenue, Thursday, July 27, 2017. A dump truck hit and killed the boy, police said.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Pittsburgh police investigate the scene of a crash that killed an 8-year-old boy who was riding a bike in the 1400 block of Spring Garden Avenue, Thursday, July 27, 2017. A dump truck hit and killed the boy, police said.
Authorities in Pittsburgh investigate a fatal vehicle crash in the 1400 block of Spring Garden Avenue where an 8-year-old boy was struck on his bicycle and killed, Thursday, July 27, 2017. Police said a dump truck hit and killed the boy.
Andrew Russell | Tribune-Review
Authorities in Pittsburgh investigate a fatal vehicle crash in the 1400 block of Spring Garden Avenue where an 8-year-old boy was struck on his bicycle and killed, Thursday, July 27, 2017. Police said a dump truck hit and killed the boy.

An 8-year-old boy was killed by a dump truck Thursday afternoon as he rode his bicycle in Pittsburgh's Spring Garden neighborhood, according to police.

The Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office identified the boy as Jayden Montegomery. Originally, police said the boy was 6, but later determined he was 8.

The crash happened just before 2 p.m. on Spring Garden Avenue near Spring Garden Elementary School. A mangled bike remained in the street while authorities investigated.

The driver of the truck, whom police did not identify, stopped and remained at the scene after the incident, Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Sonya Toler said. It was unclear whether the driver would be cited.

An unidentified child had been riding with Montegomery, witnesses said.

Robert Harmon lives several blocks away and said he saw the children just before the crash happened.

“They (rode) past us and came down (Spring Garden) like they always do every day,” he said. “Next thing I know, I hear sirens.”

Harmon said he knows the boy's mother. He described the boy as lively and spirited.

“He's just a fun, outgoing little boy,” he said, becoming choked up. “He had his whole life in front of him, and it's just — it's sad that this happened.”

Amy Robinson said she lives several streets away in Reserve and frequently drives on Spring Garden Avenue. She said she drove down the street shortly before the incident and saw the children.

“Two little boys were just riding back and forth,” she said. “Then I saw on the news what had happened, and I knew it was probably them.”

Robinson said the children were on the sidewalk when she saw them. She said the neighborhood is full of kids, and many ride their bikes along the sidewalks and streets.

“Just two kids on summer vacation, riding their bikes,” she said. “And then this.”

Megan Guza is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-8519, mguza@tribweb.com or via Twitter @meganguzaTrib.

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