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6-year-old walking to school dies after being hit by car in Phoenix

Reports indicate the victims were allegedly crossing the street mid-block when the crash occurred.

PHOENIX — A Granada West Elementary School student is dead after being struck by a car in Phoenix Thursday morning, the city's police department said.

Officers arrived at the scene near 27th Avenue and Pierson Street to find a man and his child were hit by a car while they were walking to school, the department said. The child was taken to the hospital where he did not survive his injuries.

The child has since been identified as 6-year-old Julius Rainbolt. 

Reports also indicate the victims were allegedly crossing mid-block when the crash occurred.

The principal of Granada West Elementary School sent out a letter Thursday to notify families of the student's death.

"Losing one of our students is challenging for many of our teachers and staff," the letter stated. "Tomorrow, we will have support available for students and staff that need a safe space to process this difficult moment."

Police have yet to release the identity of the driver.

The investigation into this incident is ongoing.

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