Boy killed, mother hurt trying to cross road in Loudoun County
An 8-year-old Ashburn boy died after he and his 29-year-old mother were struck by a vehicle as they attempted to cross Farmwell Road Monday night.
Around 9:15 p.m. Loudoun Sheriff's Deputies went to the scene, where a 2004 Toyota Camry was traveling westbound on Farmwell Road and struck the mother and son as they attempted to cross Farmwell Road at Ashburn Village Boulevard. Witnesses said the driver had a green traffic signal.
The child was identified as Beshoy B. E. Shokr. His mother, Eman S. Thabet, was airlifted to a local hospital, where she is currently listed in stable condition.
The male driver of the vehicle remained on the scene and has been cooperative. Neither alcohol nor speed is believed to be a factor.
Grief counselors were at Dominion Trail Elementary School Tuesday to help students and staff cope with the sudden death of one of their students. Beshoy, a first grader, had arrived from Egypt and didn’t speak much English but was described as bright, always smiling and eager to learn.
“For a lot of children, this is the first time they've dealt with death and it's very hard for them,” said Wayde Byard of Loudoun County Schools.
Parents said they would help their children understand the loss of Beshoy by discussing how to cross streets safely.
“This will definitely be another reminder of when we cross the road we hold hands and we watch out for cars,” said parent Renate Cunningham.