Friend, neighbor react to death of 6-year-old killed in sledding accident
AXTON, Va. (WSET) -- Just weeks into the new year, a Henry County family is dealing with a tragedy they never could have imagined.
Aaron Frias-Alvarez, 6, went sledding in his yard for what would be the last time.
"I, as a mother, could not imagine it happening to me, and we're just keeping them in our thoughts and prayers," said neighbor Kimberly Kidd.
Police said the boy slid down from his yard on Old Liberty Drive and into the road, just as a car was heading north, and landed right underneath the vehicle. He was rushed to Memorial Hospital in Martinsville, where he passed away.
Police said the 73-year-old driver stopped and stayed at the scene, and was not injured.
Family members were too distraught to discuss what happened, but friends were there to offer comfort and support.
"We're just here trying to help the family, like it was a tough time and we Just came over here to help them out and clean up and whatever we can do," said Jesus Sanchez, a family friend.
The community is dealing with the loss of one of its youngest members.
"He was a boy [and] he liked to play all the time outside, had a lot of friends. He was a good guy, a good little kid," Sanchez said.
They also offered their support for the family they said is known for putting others first.
"The whole community's thoughts are with the family. It's really heartbreaking," said Kidd.
State police said the crash is still under investigation, and no charges will be filed.