11-Year Old Killed Crossing Street

February 9, 2012 Updated Feb 9, 2012 at 9:14 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

February 9, 2012 Updated Feb 9, 2012 at 9:14 PM EDT

(Jamestown, NY) Quinn Ortiz, 11-years old, was struck and killed by a vehicle as he attempted to cross N. Main Street in Jamestown, NY.

The accident happened around 4pm Wednesday, February 8th, near the intersection of W. 12th Street.

Police say the young boy was on his way to a friends house, when he stepped out from in-between two parked cars and directly into the path of a northbound vehicle.

"The driver, unfortunately, had zero reaction time and this was just a tragic, tragic accident," said Captain Robert Samuelson from the Jamestown Police Department.

No charges were filed against the driver.

Quinn Ortiz was taken to WCA hospital where he was pronounced dead.

"Please, take your kids out, no matter what age, and show them that it is incorrect to walk between two cars. Show them the proper way, show them how to use a crosswalk," added Captain Samuelson.

His father, Telly Ortiz, tells Eyewitness News that he was very proud of his son, who was a 5th grade student at George Washington Middle School in Jamestown, and a good athlete.

11-year old Quinn Ortiz, played Babe Ruth baseball and participated in Northside football.

The Jamestown School District issued the following statement concerning the young boy's death:

February 9, 2012

All of us in the Jamestown Public Schools are deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of our young students yesterday. Our hearts go out to the parents and siblings of this young man. Our staff, his friends, and all that knew him are grieving his passing today as we learn about and try to understand this terrible event.

Earlier today, our district's counseling staff was deployed to the appropriate school locations in an attempt to help any students, any parents, and any staff members with any need or concern.

This event is every parent's worst fear and, as the caretaker for many young people during each school day, one that we share.

We ask that the media carefully respect the family and the community of friends that grieve this loss today and in the days ahead.

Daniel E. Kathman
Superintendent of Schools

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