3-year-old boy on scooter fatally struck by commercial van in Brooklyn

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Friday, May 3, 2019
3-year-old boy on scooter fatally struck by commercial van in Brooklyn
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Darla Miles has the latest on the fatal accident in Bath Beach, Brooklyn.

BATH BEACH, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A 3-year-old boy has died after he was struck by a commercial van in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon.

It happened near the intersection of Bay 25th Street and Benson Avenue in the Bath Beach section just before 1 p.m.

Authorities say the boy's mother was standing on the sidewalk with another child, an infant in a stroller, when the boy -- identified as Emur Shavkator -- took off across the street on his scooter.

The van that hit him had a Skittles candy logo on one side and Starburst on the other.

The boy was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Witnesses said the frantic mother tried to pull her son from underneath the vehicle, where he was pinned.

Unable to save him, bystanders say she began to slam her hands down on the concrete.

"It was just an agonized wailing, screaming like something horrible was going on," witness David Mignano said. "The poor woman was in more agony I think than anyone I have ever experienced suffering in my life ever before."

The driver stayed at the scene and is being charged with failure to yield.

The investigation is ongoing.

The organization Families for Safe Streets is demanding action following the tragedy.

They want Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council to pass the Vision Zero Street Design Standard bill, which would require the city to provide a public checklist of known life-saving measures whenever streets are redesigned.


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