On Thursday morning in Valley Stream, N.Y., a 12-year-old boy was struck
and killed by an SUV while walking to school.
According to Newsday reports, the accident occurred at about 7:20 a.m.
when Zachary Ranftle attempted to cross South Franklin and was struck
by a GMC Yukon driven by Austin Soldano, 29, of Seaford.
Ranftle, a seventh-grader at Memorial Junior High School, died at the hospital.
Soldano remained at the scene of the accident and was charged with operating
a motor vehicle with a suspended licenceand aggravated unlicensed operation
of a vehicle and released on bail.
Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor, P.C. would like to express our deepest
symathies to the friends and family of Zachary Ranftle.