By Mike Dougherty, Matt Rivers

CHESTER, Pa. (CBS) — A young boy died after he was struck by a car in Chester on Saturday evening.

According to police, Karder Hardy, 4, was sitting in a parked car near the intersection of 11th and Upland Streets at about 5 p.m. Police say he jumped out of the car and into the path of an on-coming Ford van that couldn’t stop in time.

An ambulance rushed the child to Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the van stopped at the scene after hitting the little boy.

It’s been an incredibly sad day for this family. Chester Mayor John Linder says Karder’s father, 38-year-old Derek Brown, was shot and killed in Chester last weekend, and his funeral was just hours before the accident.

“You just can’t explain this away,” he said. “You just got to support them and try to give them what they need to get through this.”

Police Commissioner Joseph Bail says he can only imagine what the family is going through.

“My grandson is only a couple years older than this child. Anytime you deal with children, it’s just a hopeless … you’re helpless. And your heart goes out to the family to try to support them.”

Police are investigating this as an accident.

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