A man fleeing the scene of a hit-and-run accident in Brooklyn apparently caused a fatal accident as he sped away while police were questioning him. A nine-year-old from Queens died, and several more were injured.
As the police were talking to the driver, the van sped off, but crashed into the rear of the Hyundai Elantra in which the little girl was riding. She was in the back seat, riding with a friend and friend’s mother after church. All three were taken to Brookdale Hospital, as were three others from a third car involved in the accident.
The driver, age 62, was also taken to Brookdale. He was charged with criminally negligent homicide, driving with a suspended license and two different counts of leaving the scene of an accident. Whether there was a police chase involved in the incident that caused the fatal crash was not known at the time of the New York Post report.
The girl’s parents were in a car a few minutes behind and came upon the grisly scene. The families had intended to go out to dinner together.
The lawyers at Block O’Toole & Murphy send their condolences to the family of the little girl, a fourth-grader from St. Albans in Queens who wanted to be a pediatrician.