In a painful open letter to the community, a Crown Heights parent says that last night their young son was struck by a vehicle as he was crossing the street. The driver, a member of our community, then added insult to injury.
Update: The driver (through CrownHeights.info) reached out to the family of the boy who was hit. She personally apologized to the boy and has offered to pay for any damage.
It’s happening too often in our Community. Drivers need to slow down, especially when turning.
Last night at approximately 7:15 pm our son, on his way to Yeshivas Erev, was riding his scooter along the Northern sidewalk of Empire Blvd. and across the intersection with New York Ave. He tells us he had a walk signal and there were no cars he saw. As he was mid-intersection, a black-colored car came up very quickly, turned right from Empire Blvd. onto New York Ave., and went into him, riding over part of his scooter and knocking him to the ground.
The driver, who appeared to our son to be a middle-aged Jewish woman from our Community, stopped but never got out of her car, nor even opened her window. According to our son and a witness, when it appeared to her that our son looked okay, she nodded her head and drove off.
While our son was not badly hurt physically (he has a bruised arm, his eye glasses were knocked off and fell down the sewer and lost, and his scooter was damaged), he is more hurt emotionally that this woman, whom he believes to be from our community, just drove off without getting out of her car to really make sure he wasn’t hurt.
He drew this picture of the accident: