The family of the South Boston 3-year-old boy who died after being hit by a vehicle issued a statement asking for privacy as they begin the "long healing process."
Colin Thomas McGrath's family issued the statement through the Boston Police Department on Friday.
"The members of the McGrath family would like to express our deepest appreciation for the outpouring of sympathy, compassion and support we have received these past few difficult days. The many heartfelt words of encouragement and love, and the incredible gestures of kindness and generosity, from friends, colleagues and our community have served as a much-needed source of strength during this devastating time," the statement read. "While we may have more to say at a later date, at this time we ask that the media and others interested in speaking with us please respect our family's need for privacy and give us the space and time we need to begin what we know will be a long healing process."
Colin Mcgrath was killed and his 4-year-old sister injured when a minivan plowed into a stroller in South Boston on Wednesday afternoon.
The crash happened around 3:13 p.m. at the intersection of L and East 6th streets. Boston Police Commissioner William Evans said the accident involved a green minivan and a white Prius. He said the minivan then went up onto the sidewalk, hitting the two children.
The 3-year-old boy was taken to an area hospital where he later died. His sister was taken to an area hospital and is expected to survive.
"A tragic accident here in South Boston," Evans said. "Our heart goes out to the parents, obviously. A terrible tragedy. It's everybody's worst nightmare."