Tragedy struck the Shirley community when 13-year-old Anthony Stinson, an eighth-grader at William Paca Middle School, lost his life after being struck by a Suffolk County Police vehicle while riding his bicycle over the weekend.
The devastating incident occurred on Saturday night and he was declared brain dead Monday, leaving the community in shock and mourning.
According to the Suffolk County Police Department, the incident transpired as a Seventh Precinct Patrol officer, responding to an urgent distress call made by an elderly woman in Shirley, was en route southbound on William Floyd Parkway with lights and sirens activated. Approaching the intersection of Adobe Drive, the officer proceeded through a green light, ultimately colliding with Anthony, who was crossing the parkway.
Newsday reported Anthony was riding home after playing football with friends at William Floyd High School and stopping by a nearby 7-Eleven for a Slurpee.
To help support the family during this trying time, a GoFundMe fundraising page has been set up to help the Stinson family offset the costs of Anthony’s funeral and other associated expenses.
The fundraising page was set up by Dana Glaber, a former co-worker of Anthony’s mother, Claudia.
“Anthony was Claudia’s only child and she needs all our help and prayers right now,” Glaber wrote on the GoFundMe page. “All money donated will go directly to his mother Claudia Stinson to cover any expenses she might incur from this tragedy.”
The GoFundMe page has raised nearly $10,000 as of 9 p.m. on Tuesday. More than 220 donations have poured in, along with heartfelt comments.
“No parent should ever have to see this happen to their child,” wrote Tatum Gross. “My condolences are with the family and friends affected by this tragedy. My heart is with you all through these tough times.”