Four-year-old boy critically injured after minivan driver strikes him

Police investigate the scene where 4-year-old was struck and critically injured on a scooter.
Photo by Todd Maisel

A minivan driver struck a four-year-old boy riding a scooter in Gerritsen Beach on Sunday evening, critically injuring him, according to police.

The boy was riding his three-wheel scooter across Gerritsen Avenue mid-block between Seba and Lois avenues when the driver of a white Chrysler minivan struck him at 6:12 pm, authorities said. 

The impact sent the boy flying into parked cars, with his baseball cap ending up in the middle of the street, about 50 feet from the intersection of Seba Avenue, officers said.

Officers from the 61st Precinct and EMS rushed the boy to Maimonides Medical Center, where he was in critical condition with multiple injuries as of Monday afternoon.

Concerned residents stand near the gruesome scene in Gerritsen Beach.Photo by Todd Maisel

The minivan driver, a 58-year-old man, remained at the scene as members of the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad probed the cause of the crash. Police did not say where the boy’s parents were at the time of the collision.

The tragic incident came less than two days after a motorcycle and bicycle collision in Sunset Park that killed 31-year-old cyclist Clara Kang, who was biking back from her night shift at NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn at the time of the crash.

Just last week, another child riding a scooter died after getting hit by a car. Ali Sama, 7, was fatally struck by an armored truck while riding her scooter in Bath Beach on Sept. 28. 

This article first appeared on AMNY.com