Truck kills boy, 6, in front of mother


A 6-year-old boy was struck and killed by a pickup truck i West Baltimore yesterday afternoon as his mother watched from across the street.

According to police, Kevin Gregory Lee, of the first block of Bruce Street, was waiting to cross West Baltimore Street from the north side of the 1700 block about 2:30 p.m. as his mother, Audrey McLean, waited on the south side. Mrs. McLean motioned to her son to walk to the corner and cross the street there, police said, but the boy apparently thought his mother was signaling him to cross from where he stood.

"The child tried to get across the street to his mother and stepped in front" of a 1989 Toyota pickup, Officer Joseph Johnson said. Mrs. McLean, 32, "saw the whole thing," he said.

The owner of the Save Rite market in the same block of West Baltimore Street said he called the ambulance after someone rushed into the store saying a child had been hit by a truck.

"The mother was crying," said the man, who asked that his name not be used. "It was just a tragic thing."

The child was pronounced dead at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center at 3:17 p.m.

Pending review by the state's attorney's office, no charges have been brought against the driver, 21-year-old Martin Goodman of Pikesville. Officer Johnson said it did not appear that Mr. Goodman was speeding.

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