EAST CLEVELAND - According to East Cleveland Mayor Gary Norton, an investigation has been launched into the death of a 9-year-old boy.
Devion Lesure was struck by a city truck near Hayden and Second avenue last Friday.
"The investigation will be into both the individual who was operating the city truck at the time and the circumstances behind why did this young man end up in the middle of the street? Some of the things we've seen so far lead us to believe it may have been caused by bullying," said Mayor Norton.
Witnesses say Lesure was trying to get away from a 12-year-old boy who was throwing asphalt at him.
"All you could see was fear in his face. He was scared he was going to get hit. So he just takes off running. He's not even paying attention that cars are coming down the intersection," said Arielle Cunningham.
"My son is a 12-year-old regular kid with a disability. He not capable of bullying anyone. I just feel bad for the family," said Ann Marie Campbell, the parent of the boy in question.
The 12-year-old boy's family appeared before police for questioning Wednesday afternoon.
Fox 8 has learned that due to a clerical issue, the driver of the city truck was driving on a suspended license on Friday.
The driver and the 12-year-old boy have not been charged.
"The State Highway Patrol is handling the investigation. Right now, it does not appear he was speeding. There was no immediate citation from the Ohio Highway Patrol for him speeding,
said Mayor Norton.
The East Cleveland School District released a statement to help classmates and staff cope with Devion's death:
On Friday, evening, April 17, 2015, a member of the Caledonia Elementary School family was hit by a vehicle. Tragically, Devion Lesure passed away on April, 21, 2015. The East Cleveland City School District Board of Education and its Superintendent, administration and all staff wish to offer the family members of this young man their thoughts, prayers, and condolences during this most difficult time. The Board and Superintendent acknowledge that this incident is extremely upsetting and evokes strong feelings. The Superintendent is currently working closely and Caledonia Administration and has deplored counselors, social workers, and psychologists to help the staff and students at Caledonia Elementary School deal with tragedy.
As the investigation into exactly what happened on April 17, 2015 continues, please contact the Ohio State Highway Patrol should you have information relative to the aforementioned occurrences.