“The mom was under the bus crying,” the witness said.
A horrific accident in Brooklyn is sending chills down New York residents' spines. A vehicle attempting to escape the police ran over a mother and her four children including a baby in a stroller as two of the children were getting off a school bus.
On Tuesday afternoon in Midwood, Brooklyn, New York City, just before five o'clock, police allegedly attempted to pull over a white Mercedes-Benz that was driving down Flatbush Avenue, two blocks away before the crash. According to ABC News affiliate WABC, the driver did not stop before driving off on Avenue J and right through many bus stops before striking the family with the vehicle.
According to WABC, the mother and two of her children were waiting for the school bus transporting her other two children to arrive when the accident occurred. The mother, 41, and her four children—three daughters, 8, 5, and 1 year old, and a son, 3 years old—were all rushed right away to a nearby hospital where their conditions were all described as stable.
The family is expected to survive, sources at the hospital said. The car involved in the collision was discovered by police who were investigating the incident nearby at E 24th St and Glenwood Road. Police sources informed WABC that the driver abandoned the vehicle there and fled on foot. Police have not yet made any arrests, and the incident's suspect is still at large. The New York Police Department has been urged to hear from anyone who may have information about the collision.
Mother and four children run over at school bus stop by driver trying to escape police. https://t.co/J25Hi0LypG— ABC News (@ABC) December 2, 2022
Joanne Johnson, a 32-year-old local, watched the white four-door Mercedes Benz approach in terror. Johnson recalled the moment the driver ran over the 5 victims to New York Daily News, “I heard the car even before it hit them.”
“[The driver] blew past the stop sign and hit them,” Johnson told the Daily News. “It was disgusting. So wrong.” The woman was thrown under the school bus by the force of the collision. “The mom was under the bus crying,” the witness said. “There was another baby in a stroller.” The woman screamed, “Help me! My kids! My kids!”
"When the Mercedes hit the woman, the woman flies and hit the ground and the kid was shivering," one unnamed male witness told WABC. “[The mother] was under the bus, actually,” another person who witnessed the collision told WABC. “I was praying for her. It is just so terrible. It is definitely terrible.”
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