Kamal Nashid was less than a mile from home Saturday when he was struck and killed while crossing a street in Prince George’s County.
The 14-year-old Georgetown Day School student had just graduated eighth grade.
“There are no words,” Head of School Russell Shaw wrote in a letter to families Saturday. “Join us in keeping the Nashid family in your hearts, not just now but in the days and months to come.”
Police said Kamal was on his way to the home he shared with his parents and three siblings in the Bowie area when he was struck about 1:30 p.m. near Church Road and Fairview Vista Drive.
He was the third pedestrian in the Washington region to be struck and killed in three days.
The relatively new residential neighborhood is in the Fairwood area still under development. The crosswalk is a brick walkway that stretches across Church Road, and a speed limit sign feet from the scene of the crash reads 30 mph.
Police said a preliminary investigation found that Kamal was jogging when witnesses said he went into the crosswalk on Church Road before traffic had stopped, according to a statement police issued Sunday evening.
He crossed one lane of traffic in front of a red pickup truck, but was hit by a car in the second lane, police said. While the car that hit him stayed at the scene, the driver of the pickup truck left, according to police, who said they want to speak to that driver as part of their investigation.
The boy’s parents were at the scene immediately. He died later at a hospital.
About a week earlier, Kamal had finished the school year and was looking forward to moving on to high school at Georgetown Day, a private school in Northwest Washington. Now, the school is mourning the loss of a “wonderful young man,” the school said in a statement.
Kamal’s family all attended Georgetown Day together, where Kamal, the third of four siblings, ran track, the school said. The oldest sibling graduated from the school this summer.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to raise money to cover Kamal’s funeral costs.