A nine-year-old schoolboy was killed in front of his elder brother in a traffic accident near his home in Tseung Kwan O yesterday. Lo Hon-foon, who was in Primary Two, died after being struck by a goods van at 7.30am while on his way to catch a bus to Yat Sau Primary School in Choi Hung. Police said the van's 33-year-old driver had assisted them in their investigation and had not been arrested. Hon-foon's 11-year-old brother, Hon-fung, who watched his dyslexic brother cross Tsui Lam Road to the bus terminal every morning, was very distressed and needed to be sent to hospital after seeing his brother hit by the van. Hon-fung reportedly told the police that Hon-foon had not checked carefully before crossing the road. A police source said: 'The victim was hit by the side mirror of the goods van and fell to the ground. His head hit the ground heavily.' Hon-foon was taken to Tseung Kwan O Hospital, where doctors declared him dead at 8.10am. The boy's distraught father, Lo Lam, 44, described his youngest son as 'a good and smart boy'. He said Hon-foon was found to have dyslexia - a developmental disorder affecting a child's ability to read and write - when he was a Primary Two pupil at a Tseung Kwan O school in 2004. 'He got a pass only in Maths and failed all other subjects but he was still promoted to Primary Three. The school [in Tseung Kwan O] did not allow him to remain in Primary Two,' he said. 'But we didn't think it was good for him. His mother was told that Yat Sau Primary School [in Choi Hung] was good and provided small-class teaching.' Hon-foon passed an interview, but was allowed to start only from Primary One. Last year, a school van picked him up, but his parents were not satisfied with the service, and this year they sent him to school by public bus. Chan Yuk-kwan, one of the teachers at Yat Sau Primary School, said they were saddened and shocked by the death. He said the boy's teacher broke into tears after learning the news. 'He was a good student and ... had a good relationship with his classmates,' he said. 'He had difficulties with reading and writing but his condition was not bad. He had to attend two intensive training classes two or three times a week.' After the accident, eight social workers and clinical psychologists went to the school to offer counselling to pupils and teachers. Police appealed for anyone with information to contact them on 2305 7570 or 2305 7500.