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Months later, 5-year-old boy dies from injuries sustained in Midwood crash

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Cops investigate the scene of a crash in Midwood that left a 5-year-old boy in critical condition.
Photo by Arthur De Gaeta

A 5-year-old boy succumbed to his injuries Sunday after being struck by a car pulling into a Midwood driveway almost four months ago.

Just before 3 p.m. on Feb. 9, officers from the 70th Precinct found Yaakov Farhi in critical condition in front of 1442 E. 12th Street — from which he lived a few houses down — after he was hit by a 2012 BMW 750 LI Sedan with Florida plates.

The driver, a 49-year-old woman, remained on the scene after the crash, Brooklyn Paper previously reported, and volunteers with Hatzolah, an Orthodox Jewish ambulance service, transported the boy to Maimonides Medical Center in Borough Park.

Police investigate the scene of a crash in Midwood that left a 5-year-old in critical condition on Feb. 9. The boy died from his injuries on May 29.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Community members said the boy was sitting in the driveway of his neighbor’s home, and the driver did not see him when pulling in, according to ABC7 New York.

Related: 5-year-old fighting for life after being struck by Midwood driver

Year-to-date, more than 650 people were involved in motor vehicle collisions across this city as of April this year, according to the most recently available Police Department data — 226 of them in Brooklyn alone. Citywide, 34 pedestrians had been killed in motor vehicle crashes as of this April, with 13 of those fatalities occurring in Brooklyn.

Midwood’s stretch of Coney Island Avenue has been a deadly corridor over the past decade: seven people lost their lives at intersections along Coney Island Avenue, in the stretch between Ditmas Avenue and Kings Highway between 2011 and 2021, according to NYC Crash Mapper.

Earlier this year, just blocks from where Farhi was mowed down, a teenager was left in critical condition after being struck by a truck while exiting a city bus at Coney Island Avenue and Avenue J. A few weeks earlier, a 15-year-old girl was struck and killed by a hit-and-run school bus driver.

The investigation remains ongoing by the NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad.

Additional reporting by Ben Brachfeld.

Correction June 1, 2022, 7:43pm: A version of this story previously misstated the number of pedestrians killed in New York City and in Brooklyn in 2022.

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