Traffic was shut off on Painter from Greenleaf Avenue to Lambert. Dozens of people crowded about the intersection. Distraught witnesses trembled as they were being interviewed by officers. Julie Ramirez said she was stopped at a red light at the intersection and saw the boy get hit but was powerless to do anything. She stayed to give her statement to police, crying and hugging other witnesses. The truck “wanted to make the light,” Ramirez said. “The light turned green and the little boy took off on his bike. The truck kept going. He dragged him. “I hope to God he \ didn’t see him, because he didn’t stop.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The boy was dragged about 40 feet underneath the truck. The driver finally stopped when he heard witnesses screaming. The boy’s body ended up pinned beneath the truck’s left front tire. The driver was not immediately arrested, but the collision was under investigation, Zuhlke said. Whittier officers and Los Angeles County Fire Department firefighters and paramedics responded. Officials called in a county Urban Search and Rescue team, which used air bags to raise the truck to remove the body. The body was removed at about 3:20 p.m., said Los Angeles County fire Inspector Ed Lozano. “Once they managed to extricate the patient, they pronounced him dead,” he added. WHITTIER – A 12-year-old boy was struck and killed by a semi-truck Thursday afternoon while riding home on his bicycle from East Whittier Middle School, police said. The boy, whose name was not immediately released by police, was riding his bike north on Painter Avenue at Lambert Road about 2:50 p.m. He was trying to ride across the intersection through a narrow space in front of the truck and behind a passenger vehicle stopped in traffic, Whittier Police Department spokesman Officer Jason Zuhlke said. “The truck rolled forward, hit him and didn’t see him,” he said.