Brooklyn crash leaves one child dead and another in critical condition

Officers from the 62nd Precinct investigate a fatal traffic collision at 67th Street and 20th Avenue.
Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

A driver fatally struck a 4-year-old boy and left another child in critical condition after dropping the children off outside a school in Bensonhurst Monday morning.

Police say the motorist drove the children to a yeshiva on 67th Street near 20th Avenue at around 9:18 am, and let them out of the blue van before hitting the two children and driving away, apparently without noticing the crash.

The driver drove to his home in Brooklyn, but returned to the scene after the yeshiva contacted him, according to area Councilman Mark Treyger.

“The driver claims he didn’t know a child was killed,” said Treyger. “This just doesn’t add up to me.”

First responders pronounced the younger child dead at the scene, while paramedics rushed the 5-year-old victim for treatment at Maimonides Medical Center, where he is expected to survive. 

The children’s school, Yeshiva K’Tana of Bensonhurst, is located around the corner from PS 207 on 20th Avenue. Neither street has a reduced speed limit as part of a School Slow Zone, according to Department of Transportation records.

A member of the NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad processes the scene.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. This story first appeared on our sister publication brooklynpaper.com.

Updated at 2:43 p.m.