A 9-year-old boy was struck and killed by an SUV in the Fort Greene section of Brooklyn Saturday while walking on the street with his family. NY1's Steve Kastenbaum filed the following report.
The sidewalks on Dekalb Avenue were filled Saturday with folks enjoying a beautiful afternoon, but the serenity of the day was broken by the sound of screeching car wheels and the impact of an SUV pinning a little boy against a wall as people looked on in horror.
Looking at the damaged Ford Expedition, it's clear that this was a very violent accident.
Surveillance footage from a nearby store appears to show the 59-year-old driver first turning left onto Clermont Avenue before the SUV swings back through the intersection.
Witnesses say it collided with another vehicle, hit several parked cars and jumped the curb at the exact spot where a mother and her two young boys were walking.
The three of them and another woman were all hit, and 9-year-old Lucian Merryweather was pinned against the wall of a pharmacy. People rushed to help him, but sadly, there was nothing they could do.
"The worst thing, the worst sight I ever saw in my life," said one witness. "I saw my husband ran over to him, and he's like, 'Why'd you go over there?' and I was panicking like everyone else."
"The kid was pinned against the wall under the car," said another. "I didn't even see the blood. I just seen the arm, and then, and that's when I turned my back."
"The scene was such a sad thing to see," said a third. "You don't want to see children such a young age go under the car, under the hood of a car."
Despite a fire engine arriving quickly from just a few blocks away, Lucian was pronounced dead at the scene. His 5-year-old brother and 47-year-old mother were also badly injured. A 28-year-old woman who was walking by at the time was also hit.
The neighborhood is filled with young families. Many of those parents began placing candles on the corner soon after the accident happened.
Both drivers, including the driver of the Ford, stayed at the scene. Witnesses said he was clearly shaken up.