2 Young Children Killed, Several Others Injured by Driver in Brooklyn

WABC - March 06, 2018

by Eyewitness News

PARK SLOPE, Brooklyn (WABC) -- Two young children were killed and two women were injured when they were struck by a car in Brooklyn Monday.

The incident happened at 9th Street and Fifth Avenue in the Park Slope section around 12:30 p.m.

Authorities identified the young victims as a 4-year-old girl, Abbigail Blumenstein and a 1-year-old boy, Josh Lew.

The little girl's 34-year-old mother was also struck by the vehicle. Witnesses say she is pregnant and was pushing the little boy in a stroller and carrying her daughter at the time.

She was taken to Methodist Hospital in critical condition, but is now stable and expected to survive.

Officials say the boy's 33-year-old mother was also struck and is in serious but stable condition.

"We do not exactly know what happened yet, there is a full investigation underway. But I will state the obvious, this loss of life is tragic, painful for all of us, particularly those of us who are parents," NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

After striking the victims, the 44-year-old driver crossed into an oncoming lane and crashed into a parked vehicle, officials say. She was taken into custody. The woman was questioned by police on the scene and taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.

It is unclear if the driver was under the influence of anything or had a medical episode.