Friends and neighbors of Annon Snider, a 7-year-old boy who was hit by a pickup in his New Braunfels neighborhood, have been left rattled by his death.
The elementary school student was riding an electric scooter in his South Bank subdivision Monday afternoon when he was killed, according to a news release from the New Braunfels Police Department.
The release stated that investigators believe Snider drove the scooter into the path of the pickup in the 2200 block of Stratford Grace.
The driver did not appear to be speeding, and alcohol was not involved, police said in the release.
"When you see a child like that, it really affects you,” said Donnie Shelton, who was working at a construction site nearby. "Everybody's hearts go out to children. You're supposed to protect the children."
Shelton said there was nothing he or any of his co-workers could do after the accident happened.
He said it appeared that the boy already when they ran to the scene, after hearing the truck driver’s screams.
"He was jumping out, looking for help, hollering for help. And then one of the neighbor ladies came ,” Shelton said. “(Our) stomachs hit the ground. It's been that way ever since. Really sad."
Snider’s death also has devastated his family and some of his youngest neighbors, according to a family friend.
While Snider reportedly attended a private school, many of his neighbors are students in the New Braunfels Independent School District, according to spokeswoman Rebecca Villarreal.
She said the school district made counselors available at some of its schools Tuesday to help children deal with the loss.
“It has affected this whole community,” Villarreal said.
Friends and neighbors have set up a fund online to assist Snider’s family. You can access it here.