A 12-year-old boy was fatally struck in front of a middle school in unincorporated Byron in eastern Contra Costa County Monday morning, a California Highway Patrol sergeant said.
The Contra Costa County coroner's office identified the boy as Burgess Hu that afternoon.
Hu, a Discovery Bay resident, was riding his bike when he was struck at 7:48 a.m. at Byron Highway and Hoffman Lane, CHP Sgt. Diana McDermott said.
According to CHP investigators, a mother had dropped off several children at the Excelsior Middle School -- located nearby at 14301 Byron Highway -- and was pulling away when she heard a bump under her black GMC Yukon.
Thinking she may have struck a ball, the woman got out of her car and found the child trapped under her vehicle.
The woman was distraught and cooperating with the CHP.
"This was an unfortunate set of circumstances," Fransen said. "Our hearts go out to the family of this boy."
Amanda Dove, the mother of another child at the school, told KTVU that the young victim was a standout student.
“He was a really good kid,” she said. “He was always helping others.”
A vigil in honor of Hu was scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at Timber Point Elementary School, located at 40 Newbury Lane in Discovery Bay.
A school district administrator said grief counselors were brought onto campus Monday and were scheduled to return Tuesday.
School officials were also working Monday on a school-organized memorial event for Burgess, the administrator said.
The accident was still under investigation Monday afternoon. Anyone who witnessed the collision was asked to call the CHP's Contra Costa office at (925) 646-4980.
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