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

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 is fighting for his life after being struck by a driver pulling into  a Midwood driveway.

The incident took place just before 3 pm on East 12th Street between Avenues N and O, police said.

The driver, a 49-year-old woman in a BMW with Florida plates, remained on the scene, a police spokesperson said, and volunteers with the Orthodox Jewish ambulance service Hatzolah provided aid to the child on scene. The child was transported by ambulance to Maimonides Hospital where he remains in critical conditionThe incident is under investigation.

Police investigate the scene of a crash in Midwood that left a 5-year-old in critical conditionPhoto by Lloyd Mitchell

25 people have died in traffic crashes so far this year, according to the Department of Transportation, including 13 pedestrians, 2 motorcyclists, 8 car drivers or passengers, and 2 operators of “other motorized” vehicles including throttle e-bikes.

Children have not been spared of the violence: just a few blocks away from Wednesday’s incident, at Coney Island Avenue and Avenue J, a teenager was left in critical condition after being struck by a truck while exiting a city bus. A few weeks earlier, a 15-year-old girl was struck and killed by a hit-and-run school bus driver.

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