March 25, 2013
11 people including a 3 year-old child are clinging to life in a hospital Saturday after an out-0f-control car slammed into a group of people waiting at a Brooklyn bus stop.
According to police the crash happened at around 6:45 pm when the driver of a northbound four-door sedan on Utica Avenue swerved into the sidewalk of Church Avenue as the driver avoid hitting a vehicle that stopped short . The car then plowed into a group of pedestrians at the bus stop before slamming into a scaffolding support column causing a part of it to collapse.
According to one FDNY source, ” It was a pretty hairy scene.”
Paramedics took 9 people, the 3 year-old and his mother to Kings County and Brookdale Hospitals. Two other victims of the crash showed up at a local hospital by private means.
The unidentified toddler and his mother remain in critical condition as of Sunday night, according to local officials.
“I really wanted to save that baby,” said Lawrence Nicholas, a witness who jumped over the mangled car and performed CPR on the child with friend Lennox Blockers as cops arrived. “That baby was so innocent.”
“The baby wasn’t responding at all. Then, the police came and told us to stop,” added a distraught Blockers. “It was the first time I’ve ever seen an accident like that. (The driver) was just looking around. She was confused.”
Victims say they had no warning whatsoever.
According to witnesses the car was traveling very fast before it jumped to the sidewalk and slammed into people who were waiting for the bus.
Denroy Reid, 62, who was also at the bus stop said, “I just heard the car. The next thing I know it was right in the bus shed.”
Natilee McSween, Reid’s daughter said her mother had fallen and had hit her head. Her father had to lift something off her mother and brother after in an attempt to help his family.
Reid and others helped lift debris from a scaffolding off his wife Mavis and son Javan. They were both taken to local hospitals with minor cuts and bruises.
A 70-year-old woman, the driver and her passenger were also injured, officials said.
Witnesses say that the car would not have ended up in the sidewalk if it had not been traveling at a high speed.
“It was going real fast,” said Erion Reid, 52. “Then I just heard the tires and a loud boom.”
Police are still investigating the cause of the accident. The driver’s name and those injured have not been released.
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