A 37-year-old Staten Island woman is in critical condition after a hit-and-run driver struck her while she was taking a child out of the back of her car, according to police.
Cops say the victim was next to her Ford Explorer, which was parked on Westervelt Avenue near Hendricks Avenue, just after midnight this morning when she was struck by an unknown driver traveling northbound on Westervelt Avenue in an SUV. The impact ripped one of the doors off the Ford, and the victim was struck; cops say she was transported to Richmond University Medical Center with severe leg injuries and is listed in critical condition.
The NYPD says there was a young child with the victim in the car. The child was uninjured, but taken to Richmond University Medical Center for observation. The NYPD says they're investigating the incident.
PIX 11 reports the victim is Monique Knight, 37, and that the child in question is her 4-year-old nephew, whom she had been attempting to take out of the car after a visit to Adventureland on Long Island. "She dropped him inside the car so that he wouldn’t get hit by the car," Knight's cousin, Shanelle Browning, told the outlet. Knight has three children who are 9, 11 and 16 years old.