Mom Of Toddler Hit By Car Demands Answers

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Jean Jacques. (Photo via Mansfield)

BENSONHURST/GRAVESEND – Stephanie Mansfield has three kids; a six-year-old, a four-year-old, and a three-year-old. Last week, her youngest was hit by a car.

Three-year-old Jean Jacques was crossing the street with his class. There were about 23 children accompanied by two or three adults, Mansfield said. To keep them safe, the children were holding on to a circular loop ring. They were crossing the street in front of Lucretia Marcigliano Campus that is home to three elementary schools and one middle school. On the other side of the street is the Seth Low Playground.

As they were crossing, a car was driving down Stillwell Avenue. The driver made a left turn onto Avenue P and struck the two people in the front of the line: Jean Jacques and his teacher.

You can read our initial story and how long it took for us to get answers from the NYPD here.

At that time, Mansfield was at the bank. Her son’s daycare called her and said her toddler was at the hospital and that he had been hit by a car.

“I didn’t know how he was,” Mansfield said. “I ran to the hospital and saw his teachers and the principal. I saw my son and they had a collar around his neck to stabilize it and he wasn’t responding.”

“There was no internal bleeding, no broken bones,” she said. “He wasn’t talking and I was just so afraid.”

Before continuing her story, Mansfield paused for a second, cried, and then apologized.

“I’m sorry. He is my son,” she said.

Jean Jacques with his big sister. (Photo via Mansfield)

When Jean Jacques finally spoke, his first word was “penguin”. Mansfield laughed and said, “Isn’t that a weird first thing to say?”

Mansfield’s four-year-old son André was also crossing the street at the same time. He was standing right next to his little brother. After the incident, the rest of the class, including André, was taken to the school complex. Mansfield said he’s traumatized.

“He just watched his brother get hit by a car,” she said. “He told his uncle ‘It was so close, but it didn’t hit me.'”

Currently, young Jean Jacques has a concussion. Mansfield said he feels dizzy when he walks and will be starting physical therapy soon. And even though he is lucky and alive, Mansfield said they deserve answers.

“I don’t even know if the driver remained at the scene,” she said. “The police report said the driver had a glare in his eye. A glare? At 11:30?”

“Are you saying he couldn’t see kids? Whenever I drive, I know you’re supposed to look and slow down.”

Mansfield doesn’t know much about the teacher who was hurt, but she does know that she is doing fine and is alive. And now Mansfield wants to make sure it doesn’t happen to anyone else.

“My son is not OK. His speech is not the same. His running is not the same. He falls a lot,” she said. “He’s not the same. This should never have happened to him.”

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  1. This toddler is not my son and I also want answers.

    If I understand the story correctly, the child was part of a well-supervised group who was crossing the street in the crosswalk and with the legal right-of-way. And, the police department wants to talk about glare affecting the driver’s sight?

    If conditions made it impossible for the driver to pilot a vehicle safely, he should have pulled over and waited for safe conditions to return. Seen from that point of view, is it not obvious how absurd such a remark is–especially coming from law enforcement professionals.

  2. No this is my son but it is a shame that on this corner of Avenue P and stillwell that so many kids and people are hit on a consistent basis that it can be confused. I am sorry for your kid and I am starting a petiton to create speed bumps in this area to protect our kids and people from crossing.

  3. I wonder if the driver is connected to the NYPD in some way. That’s why they would make excuses for him, keep his name out of the press, and even try to sweep his crime under the rug.

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