An out-of-control driver of a Range Rover jumped a curb in Jamaica, Queens and killed an 8-year-old girl and 65-year-old woman, and injured three other pedestrians on the sidewalk Friday, police said.
The identity of the 47-year-old woman driving the SUV was not released. No arrests have been made and the driver has not been charged, according to NYPD.
Around 5:30 p.m. Friday, the driver of the SUV was headed south on 164th Street near Jamaica Avenue when she “lost control and jumped the curb,” striking several pedestrians standing on the northwest corner of the intersection, police said.
Jashanty Cole, 8, of Springfield Gardens and Yuniang Cong, 65, of Jamaica were taken to Jamaica Hospital where they were pronounced dead, police said.
Three other pedestrians, including a 16-year-old teenage boy with the same last name as Jashanty, were taken to Jamaica Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said. A 31-year-old woman and a 71-year-old woman were also injured.
Police could not immediately confirm the teenage boy was related to Jashanty.
News footage of the scene show the Range Rover stopped on the sidewalk outside a MadRag clothing store in the busy shopping district of Jamaica Avenue.
ABC-TV reported witnesses said the SUV driver "slammed into a pole" before hitting the pedestrians.
"People were screaming, people were gathering, creating crowds around the body," witness Junior Rodriguez told ABC-TV.
This has been one of the deadliest years for vehicle-related fatalities in the past six years, with at least 200 deaths on city streets so far this year, according to the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives.
“Are we not even safe on the sidewalk? How many more have to die because of ‘out-of-control’ vehicles?" said Families for Safe Streets member Rita Barravecchio, whose 17-year-old niece Madeline Sershen was killed by a driver in Queens in 2018, in a statement sent by Transportation Alternatives Saturday. "It is heartbreaking to know that two more families are living a nightmare like mine has because of reckless driving. While Mayor de Blasio sends prayers to the victims' families, we’re demanding that the mayor will use his singular power to take control of his streets and make sure no other family will face the unimaginable anguish of losing a loved one due to preventable traffic violence.”
The city’s Vision Zero data shows 67 pedestrians killed by drivers through the end of September. NYPD said Saturday there have 76 pedestrians killed through October 29th.