Niles boy, 6, dies following crash

Report states he was chasing a dog when he was struck by an SUV

NILES — A 6-year-old boy who was struck by an SUV Sunday evening has died, according to the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

The patrol said Isaiah Issa, 6, of Niles, was struck by a GMC Envoy at 6:18 p.m. on state Route 169 near Higley Avenue. The patrol said Issa was chasing a dog when he ran into the street and was struck by the SUV driven by Jeffrey L. Fleck of Niles, who was heading west.

Isaiah was initially taken to St. Elizabeth Youngstown Hospital, but he was later flown to Akron Children’s Hospital, where he died Monday morning, the patrol said. Fleck was not injured, and he was not under the influence of drugs or alcohol, according to the patrol.

The crash is still under investigation and the patrol is asking anyone who witnessed the crash to call 330-898-2311. The patrol does not expect charges to be filed.

Niles Schools Superintendent Ann Marie Thigpen said Monday that Isaiah was not registered in the school district.

Candles and flowers already have been placed at the crash site.

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