Efforts of a crossing guard were not enough to prevent an 8-year-old Langley Park boy from being struck and killed by a car yesterday morning, police said.
Prince George's County police said Brandon O. Cunningham of 1205 Quebec St. was crossing New Hampshire Avenue with several other children under the watchful eye of a school crossing guard at 7:45 a.m., when a northbound car struck the boy.
Police said Dorothy Doyle, a crossing guard at the Quebec and New Hampshire corner for 13 years, shoved several children out of the path of the automobile, but could not reach Brandon.
The boy, a second grader at Langley-McCormick Elementary School, was pronounced dead at Washington Adventist Hospital.
Police arrested the driver of the car, Min Young Kim, 18, at the scene of the accident, which is a few blocks north of University Boulevard.
Kim, who lives on University Boulevard in Silver Spring, has been charged with automobile manslaughter, reckless driving, speeding, failure to obey a traffic signal and failure to yield to a pedestrian. Kim, a high school student at High Point High School in Prince George's County, was jailed in lieu of $75,000 bond.
Brandon Cunningham lived only four doors away from the intersection where he was struck. Last evening, his stunned parents and 15-year-old brother Andre were comforted by friends at their brick duplex home.
The boys' father, Ward B. Cunningham, a laboratory technician at Walter Reed Hospital, said his older son called him at work to tell him of the accident. The father said that he and his wife Cynethea, an employe at Children's Hospital, are consoled by the belief that their son "is with the Lord."
Esperanza Luyo, who has lived in the corner house near the accident scene for 14 years, said, "One child came to the door and said please call the ambulance. He was crying. He said, 'My friend is dying.' "
She said she called the police, then went outside and saw a child lying in the street. His book bag was some distance away, stuck underneath the car that had hit him, Luyo said.
Last evening neighbors returning home from work were just learning of the accident and said they have often worried about the volume of traffic on New Hampshire Avenue. One resident of 30 years, who declined to give her name, said the community fought for years to get a stoplight put at that intersection.
There have been many accidents there, Luyo said, but as far as she could remember, "This is the first child killed."
Edward Johnson, the principal of Langley-McCormick Elementary, said he decided to wait until today to announce the child's death. Johnson said that while several children had seen the accident, he was concerned that news of Brandon's death would have upset a large number of "latch-key youngsters" who would not have had anyone at home to calm their fears yesterday.