A 66-year-old woman has died after a driver struck her and her 2-year-old grandchild at the intersection of Bath Avenue and 25th Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, according to the NYPD.
The victim, who police have now identified as Xia Ying Chen, was pushing the toddler in a stroller as she headed northbound on Bay 25th Street. As she crossed Bath Avenue just after 1 p.m., the driver of a Ram pickup truck driving southbound on 25th Avenue turned left onto Bath Avenue and struck her and the child in the crosswalk.
Paramedics brought Chen to NYU Langone Hospital-Brooklyn in critical condition, where she was later pronounced dead. Her grandchild was taken to Maimonides Medical Center with no injuries.
The driver — later identified as 56-year-old Faheem Shabazz — remained at the scene of the collision, where the stroller and the victim’s belongings remained strewn across the road. Police say no criminality is suspected, and the investigation remains ongoing. Shabazz was charged with two counts of failing to yield to a pedestrian.
The truck involved in the collision has received nine traffic violations since Dec. 2022 with fines totaling $850, most of which has been paid, per city records compiled by How’s My Driving. This year alone, the vehicle has received three tickets for speeding in school zones.
According to CrashMapper, five people have been injured in four crashes at the intersection. The surrounding streets have seen several fatalities in the last few years. In 2019, three-year-old Emur Shavkator was hit and killed while riding a scooter at the intersection of Bay 25th Street and Benson Avenue, less than a mile from the scene of Tuesday’s crash. A year later, seven-year-old Ali Sama died after an armored vehicle struck her at the corner of Bath Avenue and Bay 23rd Street.
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Update 09/18/2023, 12:29 p.m.: This story has been updated with additional information about the driver and the victim’s name. An earlier version of this story reported the incident at Bay 25th Street. We regret the error.