Brooklyn girl, six, is run over and killed in front of her mother by SUV that ‘ran a red light’: Driver is charged with manslaughter
- Hiromi Tamy was hit and killed by an SUV driver in Dyker Heights
- The girl’s anguished mother was heard screaming and crying by neighbors
- Tamy suffered severe injuries to the head and body
- She was pronounced dead at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn
- The driver, Qiuhua Zhu, 30, first fled the scene before returning and was arrested
- He faces multiple charges, including manslaughter and vehicular assault
A 6-year-old girl crossing the street with her mother was mowed down by a reckless driver before the mom could pull her to safety in Brooklyn, police said Wednesday.
Qiuhua Zhu, 30, was driving his Lexus southbound on 12th Ave. in Dyker Heights about 8pm on Tuesday when he weaved into another lane, which was going in the opposite direction, before swerving to make a left turn at the intersection at 12th Ave. and 67th St., cops said.
The girl, identified as Hiromi Tamy, was crossing the street with the light ahead of her mom when Zhu blew through a red light and fatally struck the child, the Daily News reported.
NYPD officers responded to an accident in Dyker Heights after 30-year-old Qiuhua Zhu (back) hit six-year-old Hiromi Tamy with his black Lexus
Tamy’s mother attempted to grab her before she was hit by Zhu after he blew a red light and made a left turn as she was crossing the intersection
Her stunned mother had no time to react before her daughter was struck by the SUV, witnesses said. Her anguished cries as her child’s mangled body lay in the street could be heard throughout the neighborhood.
‘I was trying to console the mother. The little girl was lying by the fire hydrant. She was covered in blood,’ Linda Guerin, 69, told Pix11.
‘The mother kept screaming and screaming and screaming. God help her. I wanted God to save this child, but it would have taken a miracle.’
Tamy was unresponsive and sustained head and body injuries when medics arrived, officials said.
She was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, where she was pronounced dead.
Six-year-old Brooklyn girl Hiromi Tamy was hit by a black Lexus SUV between 12th Ave. and 67th St. in Dyker Heights
Zhu initially fled the scene but returned and was arrested, police said.
The Brooklyn driver was charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, motor vehicle failure to yield to pedestrian resulting in injury, failure to yield to a pedestrian, failure to obey traffic device, driving wrong direction one way street and improper left turn on one way road, cops said
A local resident told New York Daily News that the intersection where Tamy was struck is on a dangerous road that has seen many accidents.
‘There’s no cameras over here. I’m here 18 years, you know how many accidents there have been here?’ said the woman, who didn’t give her name.
‘They drive like maniacs, going through red lights, speeding… I’m sick of this,’ she added.
Neighbor Christopher Blake told LLN NYC: ‘I haven’t seen anything like that. This is the first time I’ve seen a kid getting hit by a car like that.
Neighbor Christopher Blake told LLN NYC he never saw an incident like this in the area before, despite the amount of accidents that have been reported there in the past
Zhu returned to the scene after driving down 67th St. and was arrested on the morning of August 25 on multiple charges including manslaughter and vehicular assault