LIBERAL, Kan. (KAKE) - Authorities say a 5-year-old Kansas boy was struck and killed by a pickup truck as he was crossing the street near an elementary school Wednesday morning.

The accident happened at around 7:40 a.m. in the 600 block of Warren Avenue in Liberal, which is in front of Prairie View Elementary School. The Kansas Highway Patrol reports a northbound GMC Sierra was making a left turn and struck the boy who was in the crosswalk. 

The child, identified as Nathaniel Garro Rivera, was transported to Southwest Medical Center but succumbed to his injuries at around 8:15 a.m. 

Liberal Public Schools said in a Facebook post that Rivera was a kindergartner. 

"We are all overcome with grief at this devastating accident and know that you join us in conveying the deepest sympathy and most sincere condolences to family and friends," the district said.


The boy's school will be providing grief counselors to assist students.

The patrol says the 25-year-old woman driving the pickup was not hurt. Additional information about the accident has not been released.