- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 30, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Officials have identified a 13-year-old boy who was killed after he was crushed by a forklift in northeast Philadelphia.

Police say that 13-year-old Ethan Shoemaker and four of his friends entered the Newman Paper Company through a hole in a rear fence around 9:20 p.m. Sunday in the Wissinoming section of the city.

Police say the teens started driving one of the forklifts, and a 13-year-old girl crashed into the one Shoemaker was riding, causing it to tip over. The teens told police that Shoemaker ended up pinned underneath.

Officials say he suffered blunt, impact injuries to his head and was later pronounced dead.

Shoemaker was a seventh grade student at a Philadelphia middle school.

The incident remains under investigation. It’s not clear if anyone faces criminal charges.


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