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5-Year-Old Hit and Killed by Minivan on Empire Blvd.

A tragic scene unfolded Sunday evening in Crown Heights, where a 5-year-old boy was run over and killed by a minivan that was backing up. Both the driver and the victim are members of Crown Heights’ African-American community.

The incident occurred Sunday evening at about 8:30pm on Empire Blvd. between Nostrand and Rogers Aves. The boy, Rashard Charles, was walking with his mother after having just left their apartment building, when he darted into the street. He was hit by a tan Honda Odyssey that was backing up.

The boy was given emergency treatment by EMS, and later taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The driver of the minivan, Elizabeth Mayard, 23, at first fled the scene, but later returned. She was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, reckless driving and other traffic violations, police said.

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