Four-year-old boy critically injured after van driver strikes him in Brooklyn

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Police investigate scene where 4-year-old was struck and critically injured on a scooter on Gerritsen Avenue in Brooklyn. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

A four-year-old boy riding a scooter across a Brooklyn avenue on Sunday night was critically injured after being struck by a van driver, police reported.

The boy, who was not immediately identified, was apparently riding his 3-wheel scooter into traffic in front of 2952 Gerritsen Ave. in Gerritsen Beach at 6:12 p.m. on Oct. 4 when he was struck by man behind the wheel of a white Chrysler minivan. 

The impact sent the boy flying into parked cars, with his baseball cap ending up in the middle of the street, about 50 feet from the intersection of Seba Avenue.

Officers from the 61st Precinct and EMS raced the boy to Maimonides Hospital, where he was last reported in critical condition with multiple injuries.

Scooter sits on Gerritsen Avenue after 4-year-old hit by van Sunday night. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
Police check white van that hit by on scooter Sunday night. (Photo by Todd Maisel)
Concerned residents stand nearby in Gerritsen Beach.(Photo by Todd Maisel)

The minivan driver remained at the scene as members of the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad probed the cause of the crash. It was not revealed where the parents were at the time of the boy crossing the street.

Residents stood and stared at the collision scene not believing that a local boy could be so seriously injured. Few people knew how the crash occurred.

Driver of van stayed during police investigation. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

It was the latest tragic collision between young pedestrians and drivers in Brooklyn. On Sept. 28, 7-year-old Ali Sama was struck and killed by an armored truck at the intersection of Bay 23rd Street and Bath Avenue when she apparently got away from her parents while riding a similar scooter.

An armored truck struck a 7-year-old girl on Bath Avenue Sept. 28. (Photo by Lloyd Mitchell)

On May 2, 2019, 3-year-old Emur Shavkator got away from his mother while riding a scooter on Bay 25th Street and Benson Avenue where he was struck and killed by a candy truck.

A candy truck struck a 3-year-old on a scooter on Bay 25th Street in Bath Beach, Brooklyn May 2, 2019. (Photo by Todd Maisel)

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