BROOKLYN, New York — A seven-year-old child is dead after a motorist ran him down at the intersection of Blake and Pennsylvania Avenues in the East New York section of Brooklyn. The New York Post reported that the accident happened around 8:15 a.m. The child was walking to school, accompanied by his mother, and was in the crosswalk when they were hit. The child was the second in three days to die in New York City after being hit by a car. The child’s 39-year-old mother sustained injuries in the incident as well. Police immediately arrested and cited the driver of the sports utility vehicle involved in the crash.
According to witnesses, the boy and his mother walked out of a nearby deli with their breakfast sandwiches when they were hit. The witnesses say the boy’s mother started immediately screaming that he was not moving. Witnesses also said they saw blood on the ground near the boy. People rushed over to administer CPR to help the boy. Sadly, their efforts were in vain. EMS raced the boy to Brookdale Hospital Medical Center, where doctors there pronounced him dead.
The woman driving a Jeep SUV remained on scene. Police arrested her, and she received a desk ticket at the 75th Precinct later that day. Up to this point, police charged her with aggravated unlicensed driving and two counts each of failing to yield and failing to exercise care. The New York Post reported that the license plate attached to the Jeep had two citations in 2019 for speeding in a school zone. The tickets were traffic-camera violations, and the identity of the person driving during those incidents is unknown.
The child is the 123rd pedestrian to perish in 2020 on New York streets. Two days before this fatal crash, a ten-year-old girl was killed when a school bus ran her down. Reports indicate that 123 pedestrians died in NYC in 2019, compared to 115 pedestrian deaths in 2018.
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