SAGINAW - A 10-year-old boy was fatally struck by a teenage driver while walking home from a football game in Saginaw Friday night.
Emmanuel DeSantiago Alvarez and his cousin, Yeymy Alvarez, were walking home together when DeSantiago tried to cross a dark portion of Blue Mound Road.
“He was just focusing on his left side, but he wasn’t focusing on his right side,” Alvarez told News 8. “After that, the accident happened.”
The driver of the car that struck him was a high school student, according to a family member. An Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD spokesman said the driver wasn't a student in the district.
Alvarez called 911.
“I was talking to the 911 [operator] and they told me to try to give him mouth-to-mouth,” he said. “But I told him I couldn’t because he had blood in his mouth and his head.”
DeSantiago was pronounced dead at the scene.
Alvarez, who said DeSantiago was “like a brother” to him, said the two were dropped off at the football game by his aunt. They decided to walk home after waiting to be picked up.
DeSantiago just celebrated his 10th birthday four days ago. Saturday was supposed to be the day a surprise party was held for the boy.
“We shared a lot of memories together,” Alvarez said. “He was an amazing kid.”
The family has set up a GoFundMe page to help with expenses.
A letter was sent home to families from Gililland Elementary School, where DeSantiago went to school:
Dear Gililland Families,
It is with deep sadness that I share with you that one of our fourth-grade students, Emmanuel DeSantiago, passed away last night from injuries sustained in an accident while walking home after the Saginaw HS football game. Police have confirmed the driver, who is not an EMS ISD student and did not attend the game, is cooperating fully. Our hearts are breaking for the loss of Emmanuel, and our thoughts and prayers are with the DeSantiago family.
While we are not sharing further details out of respect for the family’s privacy, we have been in contact with the family to offer support and they have given us permission to share this heartbreaking news with you. We have notified teachers and staff, and our counselors are providing comfort and support.
District crisis counselors will be on campus Tuesday to support our students in classrooms, small groups, and individually as needed. We will share minimal information about the details of the accident and focus more on helping students develop positive ways to cope with loss and how to be a good friend to someone who is hurting. Our crisis team is well prepared to assist both students and staff in such situations.
The physical and emotional well-being of all students is a primary focus here at Gililland Elementary and in Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD. If you have questions or concerns for your child, please notify myself, Assistant Principal Kim Scroggins, School Counselor Bettina Kell, or any member of the Gililland staff. We will partner with you any way we can to support your student.
Gililland is a special place with many caring people, and I know that many of you may want to send condolences or help this family personally in some way. As we receive information on the family’s wishes for such assistance, we certainly will pass that along to you.
Our hearts are heavy for the family and friends affected, and we appreciate your continued support of our campus community during this time.
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