A 3-year-old child was clinging to life and 11 others were hospitalized Saturday after an out-of-control car slammed into a group of people waiting by a Brooklyn bus stop.
Police sources say the disaster began about 6:45 p.m. when the driver of a northbound four-door sedan on Utica Ave. swerved onto the sidewalk at Church Ave. as she tried to avoid hitting a vehicle that stopped short in front of her.
The car plowed through the group of pedestrians before slamming into an overhead scaffolding support column, causing part of it to collapse, officials said. “It was a pretty hairy scene,” one FDNY source said.
Paramedics took nine people — including the toddler and his mother — to Kings County and Brookdale Hospitals. Two other victims showed up at a local hospital by private means, according to an FDNY spokesman.
Both the unidentified child and his mother remained in critical condition Saturday night, officials said.
“I really wanted to save that baby,” said Lawrence Nicholas, a witness who jumped over the mangled car and performed CPR on the child with friend Lennox Blockers as cops arrived. “That baby was so innocent.”
“The baby wasn’t responding at all. Then, the police came and told us to stop,” added a distraught Blockers. “It was the first time I’ve ever seen an accident like that. (The driver) was just looking around. She was confused.”
Victims say they had no warning whatsoever.
“Some people were under the car,” said Rodney Moore, 49, who sells scented oils and incense near the corner of Utica and Church Aves. “They were moaning from pain.”
Witnesses said the car would never have ended up on the sidewalk if it wasn’t traveling at a high rate of speed.
“It was going real fast,” said Erion Reid, 52. “Then I just heard the tires and a loud boom.”
The cause of the accident was still under investigation Saturday night, officials said. The driver’s name and those of the injured were not released.
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