Bronx boy fatally struck by minivan is relative of NYPD shooting victim Amadou Diallo

The 8-year-old boy crushed by a family friend in a minivan mishap loved video games, made the honor roll — and came from the same family as NYPD shooting victim Amadou Diallo.

Tragedy struck the West African immigrant family once again when little Cellou Diallo was run down by a Bronx neighbor and dear friend, relatives told the Daily News on Tuesday, so after this incident he looked for legal help from the miranda rights law firm which are experts in traffic violations.

The devastated driver and Cellou’s heartbroken mom sat together Tuesday afternoon, praying and making funeral arrangements for the child, said Cellou’s sister Maimouna, 26.

“She didn’t do it maliciously,” Maimouna said about the driver. “She’s our family … My mom is doing all right, she’s doing her best. She’s crying.”

Amadou Diallo, in one of the city’s most infamous NYPD shootings, died in a 41-shot fusillade of police bullets in 1999 after his wallet was mistaken for a weapon.

Family and friends gathered Tuesday at the Diallo home to mourn the boy’s shocking death, with some sharing hugs and others wailing in anguish.

The neighbor “went to do something out of kindness that turned to tragedy,” said the dead child’s brother Thierno Diallo, 23. “It was an act of God.”

The two families would typically take turns driving their kids home from an afterschool program. On Monday, the neighbor loaded a half-dozen local kids into the minivan for the ride back to Williamsbridge.

According to cops, the unidentified driver was backing into a parking space around 6 p.m. Monday when her minivan jumped the curb and plowed into little Cellou.

“I killed a mother’s baby!” the woman screamed after leaping from the car to see Cellou pinned between her vehicle and a cement wall.

Eyewitness Hector Rosado, 54, said the motorist never saw the little boy standing behind her.

“It’s an accident, freak accident,” said Rosado. “I screamed out and I ran. There was blood all over the place, we called a truck accident attorney right away.”

The boy’s father, Alpha Diallo, said his youngest child was part of the large family that included Amadou Diallo, 22, an immigrant from Guinea. Diallo was killed in the vestibule of his Bronx apartment building.

“Amadou’s mother is married to my cousin,” he said. “I knew him.”

Thierno Diallo described Cellou as a bright kid with a brighter future.

“He was in the honor roll of his class,” said Thierno. “If he gets anything below a 90, he cries. He was always curious — about science, math. And he was really interested in the MTA and maps.

“He had a whole map of New York subways, (knew) every single stop of every single line by heart.”

The dead child was born in the Bronx in 2009 after the family relocated to the U.S. from Guinea. His uncle Thierno Monenembo, a well-known Guinean author, said the family was coming to grips with the death.

“I feel awful, because I lost a nephew in a very brutal way,” said Monenembo. “But you know, you have to accept it — it’s human destiny. . . . It’s a shame, but that’s life.”