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Child struck and killed near 21st Street and Post Road in Indianapolis

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Posted at 8:34 AM, Mar 18, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-20 07:44:44-04

INDIANAPOLIS — A child was struck and killed while he was waiting for his school bus Friday morning on the east side of Indianapolis, according to his school and police.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers were called to the scene around 7:30 a.m. on East 21st Street just east of North Post Road.

IMPD Officer Samone Burris said investigators believe the boy was struck by at least two drivers. The driver of the first vehicle, described as a light-colored sedan, left in an unknown direction.

The driver of the second vehicle who struck the boy stayed at the scene and is "fully cooperating" with the investigation, Burris said. Detectives believe the driver of the second vehicle is believed to have caused the fatal injuries.

His cousin has identified him as 7-year-old Sevion Sanford. His cousin told WRTV his mom, Caprice, is in the hospital with his baby brother who was born this week.

An officer at the scene told WRTV he attended Lakeside Elementary School.

IMPD Officer Samone Burris said investigators are investigating this as a possible hit and run incident, though they haven't confirmed it at this time.

A chaplain was helping several family members who are on the scene.

"This is a great loss for our entire Warren Township School family, and our sincere condolences go out to the family of this child," a statement from the district read. "The district is presently focused on providing additional support and resources needed by our students and staff. Additional guidance counselors will be at Lakeside Elementary to help students, staff, and families deal with this tragic loss."

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers of Central Indiana at 317-262-TIPS (8477).

Since about 6 a.m. Friday, public safety personnel in central Indiana have responded to at least two other fatal traffic incidents.

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WRTV Reporter Nikki DeMentri contributed to this report.