CHICAGO — A 9-year-old boy was struck and killed while he was on his bicycle in the West Ridge neighborhood.
Around 8 p.m. Wednesday, authorities responded to the 7300 block of North Sacramento Avenue on the report of a bicyclist struck.
Police said the boy, identified as Hershel Weinberger, was riding on the sidewalk when he was struck by a Toyota Tundra. It appears the truck dragged the bike before it came to a stop. Neighbors rushed to help the boy.
Hershel’s parents were outside and heard the crash. His father rushed over and held him.
“At that point he knew his son wasn’t going to make it,” a friend said. “He told me that the connection he felt at that moment with him and his son was just very, very spiritual.”
The 9-year-old was transported to St. Francis Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
A 48-year-old man who was driving the Toyota is cooperating. No charges have been filed.
Chicago police are investigating.
A GoFundMe was started to help the boy’s family.