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Driver Hits Woman and Son in Crosswalk, Killing 3-Year-Old

Police take unlicensed driver into custody
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 9, 2019 6:00 PM CST
Stock photo.   (Getty/MattGush)

(Newser) – An unlicensed driver struck a woman pushing her child in a stroller in an East Harlem crosswalk Monday, injuring the mother and killing the 3-year-old boy, the New York Post reports. They had just made their regular morning stop at a Dunkin' Donuts. The mother said goodbye, an employee said, and then "everyone was screaming." Marisol Medina, the shop employee, rushed out to find the woman covered in blood, holding her son and screaming, "Save my baby! Save my baby!" Bertin Dejesus died at a hospital, per the Daily News.

The pickup driver left at first, but then returned to the scene and was taken into custody. He was charged with several driving offenses, and police are investigating to find who had the right of way. One witness said she saw the accident but turned away instantly. "I took my umbrella and blocked it because I didn’t want to see," she said. "I heard them screaming, ‘The baby, the baby!'" A neighbor said Bertin was "very happy, happy all the time." (The number of pedestrians killed on US roads has been increasing.)

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