A young boy horse playing with friends on a sidewalk died after he was struck by an SUV in Simi Valley on Thursday, police said.
The boy was hit around 2:20 p.m. on Royal Avenue just west of Sinaloa Road, according to Simi Valley Police Department.
Police said the fourth grade student was walking home with friends and playfully pushing each other when he fell into the road and was struck by a white SUV.
The driver was traveling at a low speed and tried to avoid hitting the boy, according to the Simi Valley Police Department.
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The boy suffered major head injuries and was transported to a hospital in critical condition. He was taken off of life support and died, police said.
Police shut Royal Avenue for investigation and reopened the road around 6 p.m.
Grief counselors were expected to be available at Madera Elementary School on Friday, according to school district officials.