A two-year-old boy and his 62-year-old grandmother were hospitalized on Monday after an SUV driver turned into them as they crossed a Bronx crosswalk.
After striking them, the driver got out of his car to assess the scene—and then drove off. Police are now searching for him.
The incident took place at the intersection of Mace Avenue and Eastchester Road, around 2:20 p.m. The NYPD says that the woman was pushing the toddler in a stroller across Eastchester Road—in the crosswalk— when a man driving a red GMC Terrain Denali made a left turn onto Eastchester, running into the pedestrians.
The grandmother and toddler had the light in their favor, according to the NYPD, which also shared his distressing video of the incident.
Police say the driver pulled over, got out of his SUV, and then walked towards the crosswalk, before getting back into the vehicle and leaving.
The woman and toddler were taken to Jacobi Hospital, where the woman refused medical attention for a bruised leg and the toddler was treated for a head contusion.
After a decrease in vehicular traffic in NYC during the height of the pandemic in the spring, traffic is back to pre-pandemic levels—and that's about 90% fewer office workers coming into Manhattan. Traffic-related deaths are at the highest level since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014 and made his ambitious Vision Zero promise to eliminate those fatalities by 2024.
"It is by sheer luck that this incident didn't become another fatal tragedy. But we can't rely on luck. Mayor de Blasio must rely on what works and implement much-needed safety improvements on our streets - especially in places like the Bronx that historically haven't received their fair share of street safety investments," Cory Epstein, communications director for Transportation Alternatives, said in a statement.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, or on Twitter @NYPDTips.