HOUSTON, Texas — Family and friends are mourning the death of a teenage boy who was struck and killed on his way to school Thursday morning.
Family members say the victim is Aldine High School sophomore Brian Alvarado.
Alvarado was struck by a woman driving a car in the 800 block of Gulf Bank Road around 6:30 a.m. The driver said it was dark outside and she did not see him until it was too late. She tried to swerve to avoid Alvarado, but could not, and her car landed in a ditch after the impact.
Alvarado was killed instantly, right in front of his friends.
His family members rushed to the scene after the accident. They hugged and comforted each other, and his heartbroken mother asked to see his body one more time before the medical examiner took him away.
“The only thing is it’s hard to see what happened. It’s hard to me, hard to our family, this is my first nephew,” his uncle said through tears. “I take care of him, do everything for him.”
Deputies said Alvarado may have been on a skateboard when he ventured into the street.
“We have reason to believe the 15-year-old child was on a skateboard near the middle of the roadway,” said Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy David Pearson.
Family members say, however, they do not believe he was skating at the time of the accident. Deputies were unable to find a skateboard at the scene.
The driver was found not to be at fault.
“He was a good person,” said fellow student Jonathan Valles. “He was fun, a good person to be around.”
Aldine ISD will have counselors available at the school to talk to students who knew Alvarado and witnessed the accident scene.