north London, on the way to school
A 13-year-old boy died yesterday after being hit by a bus in Edmonton, north London, as he made way to school.
The victim, David Barcelos, was crossing Fore Street, a busy road, at approximately 8am when he was dragged beneath a bus.
Paramedics arrived within minutes and fought to save the boy’s life, trying life-saving techniques in the road before rushing him to hospital, but sadly he was pronounced dead at 8.47am.
Zeynep Dur, 34, who witnessed the events, said: “I just saw him lying there. […] The paramedics lifted his jumper up to start CPR on him but it looked as if he wasn’t responding. It was terrible. The woman bus driver was standing there, crying.”
A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Service said: “We sent a number of resources to the scene, including a medical team from London’s Air Ambulance by car and we arrived in under two minutes. […] Sadly, despite extensive efforts to resuscitate the patient, a boy was pronounced dead by the doctor from London’s Air Ambulance.”
The victim, a student at Gladesmore Community School, has been described by loved as an “amazing” boy full of potential.
The teenager’s father, Manuel Barcelos, 42, said: “We are devastated. He was such a special, amazing and lovely boy.”
Mr Barcelos also told of his son’s ambitions to become a professional football player, with Arsenal having recognised his skills and potential when he participated in training sessions put on by the club. “He was always playing football. He loved it. He had been playing since he was about six. He supported Arsenal and wanted to become a player. And we know he had the potential. He wanted to play for Arsenal,” said Mr Barcelos.
The victim’s uncle, Cesar Santos, 46, said: “He had so many friends, was very popular and used to work hard at his studies.” He added, “The family is in complete shock. Everyone is devastated. He should have been starting his life now at this age.”
Police have appealed for any witnesses to contact them.
Anyone with information should phone the local police on 020 8597 4874.