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Woman Killed, 6-Year-Old Son Injured After Driver Jumps Curb And Barrels Into Bus Stop

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Photograph by Giacomo Barbaro / Flickr

A 33-year-old woman was killed on a Brooklyn sidewalk last night when a driver jumped the curb, striking her and her 6-year-old son. Police say two drivers traveling in opposite directions collided on Seaview Avenue near Remsen Avenue in Canarsie; the crash sent one of the vehicles careening into Shaena Sinclair and her son, who sustained a head injury.

The fatal crash happened just before 9 p.m. on Tuesday. Police say a 61-year-old man driving a Toyota 4Runner was traveling west on Seaview, with the green light, while a 21-year-old man in a Honda Accord was driving east on Seaview. The Honda driver was trying to make a left turn when the Toyota driver struck the Honda's passenger side. According to the NYPD, "This collision caused [the Honda] operator to fail to maintain control, drive on to the sidewalk, and strike the pedestrians" who were at the northwest corner of the intersection, reportedly waiting for a bus.

Sinclair's mother was also waiting with her daughter and grandson, but was uninjured. Sinclair was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital and her son remains there in critical condition.

The NYPD says no arrests have been made but the investigation is ongoing.

Both drivers remained at the scene and no arrests have been made. The NYPD says its investigation is ongoing. A neighbor, Michael Thomas, said the drivers "tried to avoid each other and they hit. They pinned the lady and the young boy up against the fence."

Thomas also complained about drivers in general, "They use this block as a speedway, when that light turns green it's like a raceway. The Department of Transportation has to do something, we have to get speed cameras or we've got to get speed bumps to prevent stuff like this from happening again."

Sinclair's mother, Claudette Edwards, told the Post she managed to partially pull her grandson out of the way, and told the tabloid, "My daughter, I can’t take it, she’s lost!"

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