Child killed, 2 injured when car crashes into car wash in Queens

FAR ROCKAWAY, Queens (WABC) -- A child was killed and two women were injured when a car crashed into a car wash in Queens.

The incident was reported on Beach Channel Drive on Wednesday afternoon just after 4 p.m.

The 35-year-old driver of a dark-colored Mazda lost control of her vehicle, jumped a curb, and struck two pedestrians before crashing into the car wash.

"It was a bad accident," witness Daquan Jones said. "The lady came out the supermarket at a high rate of speed. I think her gas pedal got jammed."

Employees at this grocery store say this driver had just been shopping here moments before the accident.

Surveillance video shows the driver trying to pull out of this parking lot, and then suddenly, she guns it, into that car wash.
The car went so far into the car wash that it caused a partial collapse of the building. The out of business car wash appeared to be empty at the time of the crash.

A10-year-old girl and 33-year-old woman were walking on the sidewalk in front of the car wash before the driver hoped the curb.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was taken to Jamaica Hospital and was said to be stable.

Jones says a split second later, and he would've been hit too.

"I was literally right there," Jones said. "The car went right past. Like I can feel it on the back of my jacket. If I didn't look up to see her coming and jump out the way, it would've been all of us in there."

The relationship of the two pedestrians is unknown at this time.

The driver of the vehicle remained on scene. She was also transported for her injuries. She also said to be stable.

It remains unknown what caused the driver to lose control of the car.

On the back window of the Mazda a sticker reads, "New driver. Please be patient."

Police say no criminality is suspected at this time.

The investigation is ongoing.
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