Horrifying Accident in NYC Crosswalk Leaves Infant, Toddler Dead

Pregnant mom of the toddler was also injured
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 5, 2018 6:00 PM CST
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(Newser) – An infant and a toddler were killed and the toddler's pregnant mother was hurt when a car struck them in a New York City crosswalk Monday. The 1-year-old boy was dragged 100 feet in his stroller when it was caught in the car's back wheels; a 4-year-old girl was the other victim killed. "The pregnant woman was just lying on the street … bleeding from her head," one bystander tells the New York Post. Another says that while the girl was being given CPR, "I ran to [her mom] telling her, 'Please, Miss, stay down.' … She tried getting up on her knees and fell back down." She was rushed to a hospital, where her condition was listed as being in critical but stable condition. Another woman, whom the Post identifies as the boy's mother, may also have been taken to a hospital in stable condition, but details of the story are still developing and vary from source to source.

PIX 11, for example, reports that both children were with the same woman; the New York Times says police do not believe the children were related; and the Wall Street Journal, which gives the children's ages as 5 and 3, says the pregnant woman was taking care of the little boy. Police sources say the driver of the Volvo involved—whose alleged identity was given by the Post but has not been confirmed by police—told them she was creeping forward at the intersection in anticipation of the red light turning to green, but she accidentally hit the accelerator. It's not clear whether the light was red or green when the car entered the crosswalk. After the pedestrians were hit, the Volvo hit a parked car, causing a chain reaction in which at least three other vehicles were hit. The Post says police did not hold the 44-year-old driver, but ABC 7 reports she was taken into custody. She was also brought to a hospital after telling officers she has a medical condition.

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