Police say Qiuhua Zhu, 30, was traveling southbound on 12th Avenue near 67th Street in Dyker Heights when he struck the child with his blue Lexus SUV just after 8 p.m. Tuesday.
6-year-old Hiromi Tamy was crossing the street with the pedestrian signal in her favor when she was hit.
"I heard somebody screaming, I heard a woman screaming," vascular access nurse Emery said.
She was among a group of Good Samaritans who rushed to help the mother and daughter.
"I saw mom sitting on the curb holding a little child then blood all over her face, her neck her chest," Emery said. "There was a point where it looked like she stopped breathing and I asked the mom to lay her down on the floor and that was hard because the mom didn't want to let go of her."
Emery said she did everything she could to save the girl.
"I started doing CPR and pumping on her chest, no gloves, nothing. I had blood all over my hands," Emery said.
Police say Zhu initially continued eastbound on 67th Street and returned to the scene after traveling around the block.
After an investigation, Zhu was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, motor vehicle failure to yield to a pedestrian with injury, failure to yield to pedestrian, failure to obey traffic device, driving the wrong direction on a one-way street, improper left turn on a one-way road.
She was rushed to Maimonides Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
On Wednesday, a memorial of flowers and candles was set up near the scene as police watched for speeding cars, a problem locals say has increased in the last few years.
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