6-year-old boy chasing dog dies following crash in Niles

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State troopers are not expecting to file charges but are still looking for witnesses to a fatal crash that killed a 6-year-old boy from Niles. 

It happened around 6:15 p.m. Sunday on State Route 169 near Higley Avenue.

According to the Highway Patrol, the boy was hit by a 2008 GMC Envoy after he ran out into the street while chasing a dog. 

The boy was taken to St. Elizabeth Hospital in Youngstown and then flown to Akron Children’s Hospital, where he died Monday morning. 

Police say the 67-year-old driver was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He was not injured. 

Monday morning, a Liberty man who witnessed the accident was back at the scene placing a candle.

Bob Monrean said it happened so quickly. 

“I’m a total stranger, and I’m a mess from it. It shouldn’t have happened. I just feel so bad, and all we can do is pray, and that’s why I’m here today. I just want to light a candle,” he said. 

At this point, the boy’s name is being withheld. 

“I just want to thank the Niles fire and police and the state policemen that came here, and my brother — a Warren fireman. Everybody tried to do what they could, but I just want the family to know, we’re praying. I can’t imagine,” Monrean said. 

Those who witnessed the crash are asked to call the Warren post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 330-898-2311.

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