Motorist fatally strikes 10-year-old boy in Midwood collision

A 10-year-old boy was fatally struck by a car in Midwood after the driver had a “medical episode” and lost control of the vehicle, before mounting the curb and striking the boy.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

A motorist struck and killed a 10-year-old boy in Midwood on Tuesday after suffering a “medical episode” while he was behind the wheel, according to police.

The operator of a Lexus SUV was traveling northbound on Ocean Avenue when he suffered some kind of attack and lost control of the vehicle at around 2:40 p.m. on Sept. 10, when he veered onto the sidewalk and hit Enzo Farachio, who was waiting at a bus stop near Avenue L, police said.

The car then continued to roll forward until it smashed into some nearby scaffolding, where it ultimately came to a halt, cops said.

First responders took Farachio to New York Community Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead, according to authorities.

The child was waiting at a bus stop near Ocean Avenue and Avenue L when the car crashed into him.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

Emergency responders also transported the driver to New York Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Transit activists used the incident to blast the city for failing to keep pedestrians safe.

“This tragedy is a testament to the fact that there is virtually no place in the city where residents are safe from the onslaught of cars — not in the crosswalk, not in the bike lane, not even on the sidewalk,” said Joseph Cutrufo of Transportation Alternatives. “Crashes like these are not accidents, but the preventable and predictable result of a city where cars, not people, are the priority.”

No arrests have been made, and the investigation by the Police Department’s Collision Investigation Squad is ongoing.

Both the 10-year-old and the driver were taken to New York Community Hospital, where doctors pronounced the child dead.
Photo by Steve Solomonson

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