Drag racer hits two boys on Avenue S

A child was seriously injured on Tuesday when he was hit by two speeding cars near Avenue S and E. Fourth Street. Witnesses said that the two cars were drag racing when the child was struck.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Two drag-racing motorists struck a pair of 12-year-old bicyclists in Gravesend near the corner of Avenue S and E. Fourth Street on Nov. 1, leaving both children hospitalized — one of them with a brain injury — before fleeing the scene.

Horrified witnesses said one of the speeding cars, believed to be a dark-colored BMW, struck both boys, whose names were not released, as they crossed Avenue S at 10 pm. One of them was seated on the bike and pedaling, the other was standing on the rear-wheel pegs.

Both children were brought to Lutheran Medical Center, police said.

One boy suffered scrapes and bruises while the other was thrown from the bike and suffered a cerebral hemorrhage, according to preliminary reports. The child was listed in critical but stable condition, officials said.

Witnesses told police that the cars were racing down Avenue S just before hitting the victims.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to contact NYPD CrimeStoppers at (800) 577-8477. All calls will be kept confidential.

Reach reporter Thomas Tracy at ttracy@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2525.

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