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Minivan Driver Charged in Death of Brooklyn 5-Year-Old

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A woman is being charged after police say she struck and killed a 5-year-old boy in Brooklyn.

It happened around 8:30 p.m. in Crown Heights.

NY1 is told Rashard Charles was crossing Empire Boulevard mid-block with his mother and two other people when he was struck by the mininvan which was backing up.

Police say the driver, Elizabeth Mayard, 23, then left the scene before coming back a few minutes later.

"The kid was moving when they picked him up he was doing like a squinting, a curling, trying to curl into a ball as they kept trying to straighten him saying calm down just lay as they straightened him out for the third time he didn't move again, like he just didn't move," said one witness.

Friends of the family said that Rashard would always stay close to his mother.

"He doesn't run away. He doesn't run off. He doesn't do any of that," said Nielsen Thomas, a family friend. "He's a really calm, collected little boy."

"Every time I'm around Rashard, he's always quiet and well-behaved," said Nielandra Thomas, a family friend. "Like any other child I know, he would have his times when he's playful and disobedient, but otherwise, he's always so respectful of everybody."

The boy was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Mayard is facing several charges, including leaving the scene of an accident, reckless driving and running a red light. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP