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December 18, 2017

This past Friday, a young boy was struck and killed while crossing the road in Melbourne. Police with the Melbourne Police Department have issued a statement regarding their preliminary investigation and findings that, while incomplete, does give us some clue as to what happened and why.

According to the Melbourne Police Department’s report, Imes, an 11-year-old child was walking with his brother near the intersection of Post Road and Sherwood Boulevard. It is not known which street the two children were walking beside, but they reached the intersection without incident before attempting to cross the street. At this point, Imes and his brother, who is the younger of the two, began to cross the intersection.

While they were still on the road, a truck pulling a trailer approached the crossing of Post Road and Sherwood Boulevard. It is not clear whether or not the driver of the truck saw the children and attempted to slow the vehicle down or avoid them, but ultimately the truck collided with Imes. Based on the lack of a search for the driver of the truck after the incident, it appears as though the driver stopped the vehicle after striking the child and remained at the scene. 9-1-1 was called and the emergency services rushed to the area.

Imes was still alive when the paramedics arrived, however the extent of his injuries was worrisome and the medical team decided to have the young child flown to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. When he arrived, doctors with the hospital staff did everything they could, but Imes’ condition was beyond critical. He was declared dead at the hospital. The report did not state how long it was between when Imes arrived and when he passed away.

Imes’ brother, who was not named in the initial report, did not experience any physical injuries during the incident, meaning that the truck only collided with Imes.

According to Sgt. Jeff Rau, a spokesperson for the Melbourne Police Department, a unit with traffic homicide is investigating the crash. None of the results of this investigation have yet to be released to the public.

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