7-year-old girl dies after being struck by car in Queens

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Saturday, February 18, 2023
7-year-old girl dies after being struck by car in Queens
A 7-year-old girl has died after being struck by a car at an intersection in Queens Friday night. CeFaan Kim has details on the tragedy.

ASTORIA, Queens (WABC) -- A 7-year-old girl has died been after being struck by a car in Queens Friday night.

The incident happened at 46th Street and Newtown Road in Astoria around 6 p.m.

Police say a 46-year-old woman was driving a white 2021 Ford Explorer, traveling eastbound on Newtown Road, when she struck the 7-year-old girl.

"I heard so many blood curdling screams," neighbor AJ Riccio said. "I had no idea what was happening. I live right up there, and I opened the window and I just saw a horrifying scene."

What she heard was the sound of a mother crying desperately while holding her child in her arms.

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Police say the driver was going through the intersection at the time of the incident.

The child was taken to Elmhurst Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Neighbors say the mother and child live near the intersection.

The driver remained on the scene and there's no criminality suspected at this time.

While it didn't appear the driver was speeding, residents say speeding is an issue here and that sometimes drivers burn the stop signs.

There are two schools nearby and there are lots of kids on the block.

"Last year, one car hit the delivery guy and it was pretty bad," neighbor Steven Saw said.


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