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Family, community reeling after loss of 5-year-old hit by delivery driver

5-year-old Blake Allan Huffman died Friday evening after Wayland police said he was riding a bike outside his home around 7:30 p.m. at Windsor Woods Village when he was hit by a Jimmy John’s delivery driver passing through the neighborhood. (WWMT/Courtesy)

A Wayland family is spending their Saturday evening making funeral arrangements after experiencing something no parent could dream of experiencing – the loss of a young child.

5-year-old Blake Allan Huffman died Friday evening after Wayland police said he was riding a bike outside his home around 7:30 p.m. at Windsor Woods Village when he was hit by a Jimmy John’s delivery driver passing through the neighborhood.

Neighbors on the block expressed their shock, but readiness to jump in and help the family during such an impossibly difficult time.

This incident hasn’t been easy for the folks who live in the community, especially Hunter McDonald, who is used to watching Blake play in the streets. On Friday, McDonald said he witnessed a much different scene.

“At that moment, we [saw] police officers giving CPR to what looked like a little kid,” McDonald said it was too difficult to keep watching, so he went back indoors. “Just…it’s hard. It’s hard.”

Wayland PD believe Blake was riding his bike from his family’s driveway into the road. That’s when they said the 33-year-old female delivery driver struck him in front of his siblings and father.

“It’s tough when it’s an adult, but it’s even harder when it’s a child,” Wayland Police Department chief Steve Harper said. “The neighborhood suffers and the people that know him. It’s not just the family, it’s the rest of the community. Our hearts and prayers go out for them as they have to deal with this tragedy.”

Blake’s family wasn’t available to speak on camera, but said through text that they’re grieving and hope families hold their loved ones close because like can be taken away in an instant.

McDonald said that’s what he’s taking away from this.

“My prayers go out to the family,” McDonald said. “I could not imagine [losing] such a young little boy.”

Newschannel 3 was able to obtain a statement from Wayland Jimmy John’s owner J.P. Walters that read as follows:

Yesterday’s accident is a terrible tragedy for everyone involved. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family of the victim. We are fully cooperating with the police as they investigate the incident.

Harper said it’s too early in the investigation to say if criminal charges may come out of the incident. A GoFundMe has been established in honor of the family and can be found here.

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