BYRON, Calif. - A 12-year-old boy is dead and his family left grief-stricken following a tragic collision outside a Byron middle school Monday morning.
CHP officer John Fransen told the San Jose Mercury News a mother had dropped her children off at Excelsior Middle School just before 7:48 a.m. and was turning right out of the schoolyard in her black GMC Yukon when she "felt a thud."
The mother immediately pulled to the shoulder of Byron Highway to inspect the source of the sound and saw the boy pinned beneath the SUV, said Fransen.
The boy's parents were at the scene at the time, but Fransen said it was unclear whether they had witnessed the incident.
The SUV was towed from the scene but no information was provided on whether the driver would face any charges. Fransen said neither alcohol nor vehicle speed appeared to be a factor in the wreck.
Excelsior Middle School remained open following the collision and enlisted crisis and grief counselors to aid students and faculty.
Byron Highway was closed in both directions for an extended period during investigation efforts.