A vehicle stuck and killed two young children, a 20-month-year-old-boy and a 4-year-old girl in a Brooklyn intersection on March 5, the New York Times reports. The car also hit the girl’s pregnant mother.
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Although details are still coming through, the NYPD’s chief spokesman Stephen P. Davis stated the crash did not appear to be intentional.
“It does not look like anything deliberate at this point, but we have to figure it out,” Davis said. “It is terrible.”
The driver was a 44-year-old woman. She did not flee the scene and suffered minor injuries. After her 2012 Volvo hit the pedestrians, it continued down the road and hit some parked cars.
According to eyewitnesses, the mother cried, “My baby! My child!” as she sat on the curb bloodied.
“She hit the mother, she hit the little girl and she took the carriage — the baby that was in the carriage,” Jessica Sierra, 43 told The Times how she saw the Volvo go through the intersection of Ninth Street and Fifth Avenue.
Sierra was walking to a bus stop and said the car appeared to accelerate upon impact. She ran to the girl right away and used a sweat suit she had on hand to try to stop the bleeding
“There was blood everywhere,” Sierra told the paper. “And I felt like she was cold, so I covered her with it. She looked lifeless.”
According the police, the Volvo pulled the carriage with the child in it, down the block. The child’s clothes were left behind. Afterwards, the vehicle was down street and had broken parts of a stroller lodged near the right rear fender.
Officials stated the mother was taken to New York Methodist Hospital and was in serious condition. There was no news on whether her unborn the child had survived the crash.
Fire Department spokesman James Long stated both children were declared dead at the scene. Another 46-year-old man suffered minor injuries in the accident, according to Long.
The intersection has encountered this kind of incident before, according to The Times. A car traveling north on Fifth Avenue fatally hit a 41-year-old man on Ninth Street in 2016.
The driver in Monday’s crash will undergo a sobriety test, according to police. The driver disclosed to investigators she had a medical impairment.
“There’s a possibility it may have been some kind of medical condition involved here,” Davis told The Times. “She did not hit and run.”
Davis stated video of the Volvo showed the car stopped or rolling slowly on Ninth Street before it began to move ahead on Fifth Avenue through an apparent red light.
“All of a sudden, it looks like it just starts to accelerate, striking the people in the other side of the intersection,” Mr. Davis told The Times. “They’re going to do a mechanical check of the car; they are doing a physical check of her. It’s going to take a while to figure it out.”
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