A 4-year-old girl was fatally struck by a vehicle while she was walking on a Brooklyn sidewalk with her mother on Sunday, police said.
The unidentified 38-year-old driver of a black SUV was backing up near the intersection of Wyckoff Avenue and Hart Street in Bushwick around 4:30 p.m. when she struck Luz Gonzalez, 4, and her 39-year-old mother, who has not yet been identified. The pair had stopped on the sidewalk so Gonzalez’s mother could tie her shoelace, the New York Daily News reported.
Gonzalez was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died after suffering severe trauma to her chest and torso after being crushed by the SUV’s passenger-side rear and front tires. Her mother was treated for non-life-threatening injuries at the same facility.
The driver left the scene, but was taken into custody a few blocks away, police said. She was released without being charged, and no arrests have been made.