An 8-year-old girl was seriously injured in Marine Park on Saturday when a driver hit her and then fled the scene.
Before sundown, the 8-year-old girl was crossing in the middle of East 31st Street between Kings Highway and Avenue P on Saturday, May 20, said cops. She was struck by a driver in a 4-door red Honda Accord around 6:30pm, and cops found her lying in the street with trauma to her head.
A neighbor, who rushed to the street after he heard a loud bang, told the NY Daily News that, “There was a lot of blood coming from her head.”
She was rushed to Maimonides hospital in serious condition, but she is expected to survive, said cops.
The NYPD Collision investigation squad is searching for the late-model red Honda Accord with damage on the front sustained from the crash. As of Monday morning, no arrests have been made and an investigation is ongoing.
Update 7pm: Police released this photo of the suspect’s vehicle, a red 1998-2002 4 door Honda Accord with unknown gold style NY license plate.
Another neighbor lamented the regularly speeding cars in the area.
“People always speed through here. Our next reaction after the shock passes is we need to put speed bumps on the block,” the neighbor told the Daily.
And the data certainly backs up that claim.
On the corner of East 31st Street and Kings Highway, just half a block from this incident, there have been 92 injuries from car crashes (which includes drivers and pedestrians) and one death since 2009, according to city data.
There have been other hit-and-run incidents nearby, including a dollar van driver who hit a couple crossing Flatbush Avenue in August 2016 and was convicted in February 2017. Further northwest in Boro Park, a young boy was struck by a hit-and-run driver last August.
In early January, a 69-year-old bicyclist was struck and killed by a truck on Avenue X near Coney Island Avenue; two southern Brooklyn residents were struck and killed near Marine Park and Gravesend on January 1 and 3, respectively. In late January, an elderly driver struck three pedestrians in Brighton Beach, killing one; a 90-year-old woman was struck and killed crossing Neck Road.