A mother in Queens, New York, was walking with her baby in a stroller last Friday evening when the stroller was struck by a car. The woman had stopped her stroller to bend down and adjust her 8-month-old son's blanket, when a white van suddenly backed toward them out of a driveway at approximately 10:15 a.m.
The woman screamed at the driver to stop the car multiple times, but the 44-year-old man did not hear her as he continued backward. Tragically, the baby was crushed under one of the rear wheels of the van and died from his injuries.
The man who hit the boy -- who has a 5-year-old girl of his own -- waited for paramedics and police to arrive on scene, crying the whole time. Some witnesses of the incident claim that the man was not looking. Others claimed that it was clearly an accident and he simply didn't see the woman and her baby. When police arrived, they investigated the incident and charged the man with operating his vehicle without a license. They may elevate the charges after completing their investigations.
The mother of the boy was inconsolable following the accident, and the father mentioned to reporters that his wife was in shock, as he pointed to a photo of his baby boy, saying how cute he was. Later, the devastated parents went home, just a few blocks away, at approximately 6 p.m.
Sadly, fatal pedestrian accidents like this are not uncommon in Queens, and those that involve young babies and children are particularly unsettling and tragic. Queens residents who have been injured in such an accident, or who are family members of someone killed in a pedestrian crash, may want to investigate whether they can pursue a personal injury claim for damages relating to the incident.
Source: New York Daily News, "Van driver hits, kills 8-month-old Queens boy in stroller," Mary McDonnell, Graham Rayman and Larry McShane, Oct. 29, 2016