This is actually the third awful car-related tragedy that the Q knows about this past year - one in Ft. Greene, one in Park Slope, and now this (I know there are others but I can't recall offhand). It's something I think about all the time with small children - it really is dangerous out there, and kids need to learn to be afraid of the street under ANY circumstances. It's something we all take for granted - the body instinctively knows when danger is present, after many repeated experiences. But the kids aren't so well developed. I'm so sad for the family, and for the driver, who I'm sure will be severely traumatized. It really is a nightmare come true.
From the 71st comes a story almost too horrific to share. But here goes. Directly from Vinnie, because I can't even bear to write it:
Today, March 16, 2014 at approximately 9PM a 5 year old boy was struck by a vehicle on Empire Blvd. between Nostrand to Rogers Avenue. The child was rushed to Kings County Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The accident is currently under investigation by the NYPD Highway Accident Investigation Unit. Please remember the family in your thoughts and prayers.