Elios Xhemollari who was killed while riding bike in Garfield had just moved to NJ from Albania

Elios Xhemollari who was killed while riding bike in Garfield had just moved to NJ from Albania

A 12-year-old Albanian boy who was struck and killed by a box truck in Garfield on Tuesday had just emigrated to New Jersey a few days earlier.

Identified by his cousin as Elios Xhemollari, the boy was riding alongside the truck’s right side on the sidewalk of eastbound Lanza Avenue when the 43-year-old truck driver made a right turn onto Pleasant Avenue, hitting the boy, at 1:17 p.m. Tuesday, Capt. Darren Sucorowski said.

He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The boy had only arrived here on Friday, a GoFundMe pageestablished by his cousin for the family says. He was in the process of being enrolled into the Garfield school district.

“The family doesn’t even have cell phones yet,” a source with direct knowledge of the incident told Daily Voice. “Didn’t even move into their apartment yet — they’ve been staying with a friend while they get their new home ready.

“Just terrible — the loss of a child and on top of that being in a strange country.”

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Created around noon Wednesday, the GoFundMe page created by the boy’s cousin had raised more than $53,000 (over its $20,000 goal) in 10 or hours Wednesday.

TO DONATE: https://www.gofundme.com/5gi25z4

Originally published here:
http://garfield.dailyvoice.com/police-fire/boy-12-killed-by-truck-in-garfield-emigrated-from-albania-last-week/736244/