Chaos ensued when a 9-year-old girl was struck by a car Thursday on Avenue U near McDonald Avenue.
The girl – identified the New York Daily News as Katrina Wang - was walking with her grandmother at around 5:34pm, when she ran into the street, getting stuck by an eastbound 2010 Chevy Malibu, cops said. Wang crossed against the traffic light and was not in the crosswalk, according to police.
Witnesses told us they heard a loud noise, and turned to see the girl fly 20 feet into the air.
“It was hectic with the grandmother yelling and not speaking English. We had to get workers from nearby Chinese restaurant to come and translate,” said tipster Yury.
The traumatized driver remained on the scene and was not charged. The Daily News reports:
The girl’s tiny blue glove remained on the windshield of the car as police investigated the crash. Witnesses said the driver initially ran down the street, but returned in tears minutes later.
“He left the scene, he came back later and he was crying. I asked him if he wanted me to pray for him, he said ‘yes’. He was pale as a ghost,” said witness Stephanie Rios.
Wang was rushed to Lutheran Hospital, accompanied by her mother, where she is listed in critical but stable condition.
The roads were closed off from McDonald Ave to West Street on Avenue U Thursday evening and the B3 bus was re-routed.