Driver strikes 10-year-old girl in Canarsie, critically injuring her

A woman driving a Honda CRV struck a child at the intersection of Remsen Avenue and Avenue L.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

An SUV driver struck a 10-year-old girl in Canarsie on Sunday, critically injuring her, police said. 

A female driver struck the girl, whom police have not identified, at about 1:50 pm on June 7 while heading northbound on Remsen Avenue by Avenue L. Police from the 69th Precinct said it appeared that the girl was crossing the street in the crosswalk when she was hit.

First responders rushed the girl to Brookdale University Medical Center in critical condition with severe trauma injuries.

Police on the scene tested the driver for intoxication but have not deemed the incident criminal and have made no arrests. 

A witness said that the driver appeared to be speeding.

“She was laying there motionless — the lady was flying down Remsen Avenue,” said Roger Clark, who lives nearby. “[She] was in rough shape.” 

Another resident agreed, adding that the drivers typically speed on the avenue. 

“These people fly up and down Remsen Avenue with very little regard for human life. She looked like she was in a rush and crushed the girl,” said Shane Messler, another local.

The crash is under investigation.

The collision comes two days after a drive struck and killed a 52-year-old pedestrian on Rockaway Parkway by Skidmore Avenue in Canarsie. 

The 71-year-old driver of a 2007 Honda Pilot struck the victim mid-block on June 5 at about 3:50 am, according to an investigation by the NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad. 

Upon arrival, officers found a victim lying on the roadway with severe trauma. First responders rushed him to Brookdale University Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

The driver remained at the scene and the investigation remains ongoing.