A seven-year-old boy walking with his mother in East New York died after being hit by a driver Thursday morning -- in the same neighborhood where a 10-year-old girl was struck and killed by a bus driver Monday. [The driver was arrested—see update below]
The boy, who hasn't been identified by police, and his mother, 39, were walking near the intersection of Pennsylvania and Blake avenues around 8:15 a.m. Thursday when a driver struck them, NYPD said.
The two were taken to Brookdale Hospital in critical but stable condition, police said initially. The boy was pronounced dead at 8:40 .a.m.
The mother's injuries were not considered life-threatening, according to police.
A police spokesperson said the driver remained at the scene. Details of the driver and the vehicle were not immediately available.
PS 328 is four blocks away from the intersection where the driver hit the pedestrians, and Thomas Jefferson High School is on the same block.
This morning's fatality happened about a mile-and-a-half away from where Patience Albert, 10, was killed on Monday when a school bus driver hit her.. Her 15-year-old brother was also injured in the collision.
Bus driver Pedro Colon, 61, of Maspeth was arrested on two counts of failure to yield to a pedestrian and two counts of failure to exercise due care.
A Bronx man was also killed Wednesday night when he was struck by two drivers, police said.
Around 7 p.m., Baleriano Mondragon Trinidad was walking near the intersection of Pelham Parkway and Wallace Avenue, police said, by the greenway leading to the New York Botanical Garden. Trinidad, 39, was first hit by a 17-year-old driver of a 2012 Infiniti heading westbound on Pelham Parkway, then as he lay in the street by a second driver that fled the scene, police said.
Trinidad was taken to Jacobi Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. The investigation was ongoing.
The 17-year-old driver told police that Trinidad was crossing Pelham Parkway outside the crosswalk. Trinidad's home was about a block away from where he was killed.
There have been at least 22 pedestrian fatalities this year, including six this week.
After Patience's death, the street safety group Transportation Alternatives released a statement calling on Mayor Bill de Blasio to do more to improve street infrastructure for pedestrians:
"Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death for children in New York City and around the world. We know what it takes to prevent these deaths, but our leaders have slow-rolled the cure. Mayor de Blasio says he wants to save our city, but he will fail if he is unable to protect the most vulnerable among us. Mr. Mayor, please: save our children."
UPDATE: Police identified the child as Payson Lott, who lived a few blocks away from the intersection where he was killed. The driver, Susan Pierrot, 48, was driving without a license, according to police. She was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of aggravated unlicensed operator, a misdemeanor count of failure to yield to pedestrian with injury, and violations of failure to yield to pedestrian with injury and two counts of failure to exercise due care.
Police said Pierrot was driving a gray Jeep Cherokee eastbound on Blake Avenue when she made a right turn onto Pennsylvania Avenue and hit Payson and his mother as they walked in the crosswalk. Pierrot was released on a desk appearance ticket.
Streetsblog reported that Pierrot’s Jeep Cherokee has received 10 camera-issued speeding tickets and two camera-issued red-light tickets — including eight camera violations between June 20, 2018 and March 28, 2019.
Transportation Alternatives released another statement Thursday: "It is no coincidence that two children have been killed in East New York, a low-income, predominantly black neighborhood. While Vision Zero infrastructure has swept the city, communities of color have been largely left out. The decisions about which streets are improved is not simply a matter of traffic safety, but also a matter of racial justice.
No one should fear for their lives while crossing the street, no community should be burdened with such a level of death and destruction on its streets, and no elected official should stand in the way of known solutions that can bring an end to traffic violence. This is a public health crisis, and our leaders must treat it as such. Mr. Mayor, New Yorkers cannot wait weeks, months, or years for safe streets. We must accelerate our path to Vision Zero today, and we stand ready to support you.”