State troopers said it appeared the driver of a westbound pickup truck struck the child as he crossed the road on Highway 370 at County Road 2578, according to Mississippi Highway Patrol.
"It doesn't make any sense," said Trishonna Mask. "These people need to slow down in these school zones."
The victim was a student at Baldwyn Elementary School, according to state troopers.
The school district responded to the tragic incident on Facebook.
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Thomas was airlifted to Le Bonheur Children's Hospital with life-threatening injuries, but he was pronounced dead in the hospital.
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At the time of the accident, four students were on the bus, MHP said.
The crash is currently being investigated, and charges are pending the outcome of the investigation.
– WHBQ has reached out to MHP for additional comment on the incident.