Child Struck By A Minivan In The Bronx
An 8-year-old boy was seriously injured after being struck by a minivan in the Bronx. According to NYPD the driver of the 2010 Honda Odyssey was traveling south on Knox Place towards Gun Hill Road shortly before 6 p.m. when the boy ran into the street between two parked cars and was hit by the van. The child was transported to Jacobi Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
The driver, a 32-year-old woman, remained on the scene. According to witnesses the woman was observed texting when she hit the boy. reports indicate the child’s injuries don’t appear to be life-threatening.
A friend, Tyler Echevarria, of the 10 year old boy, Thomas, said his freind was “hit pretty hard, He did a full 360. I caught his head and brought him down slowly. It was really hard to see him like that.” Moments later, Thomas’ father ran out and cradled the child in his arms as an ambulance was called.
“Speak to me!” the man yelled at his son. “Speak to me!”
Thomas “was just making weird noises,” Tyler said.
“(Thomas) was in shock,” said Tyler’s father Michael Echevarria. “He was shaking. He was going in and out of consciousness. It was heartbreaking. (He’s) a little boy … just 8 years old and very frail … very, very small.”
Texting and Driving Statistics
According to New York traffic accident lawyer, “Texting while driving is a big problem in New York. Drivers assume they can handle texting while driving, but as seen in this case, they just can’t! Testing while driving is nothing but a recipe for disaster!”
Texting While Driving Causes:
1. 1,600,000 accidents per year – National Safety Council
2. 330,000 injuries per year – Harvard Center for Risk Analysis Study
3. 11 teen deaths EVERY DAY – Ins. Institute for Hwy Safety Fatality Facts
4. Nearly 25% of ALL car accidents
Texting While Driving:
1. Makes you 23X more likely to crash – National Hwy Transportation Safety Admin.
2. Is the same as driving blind for 5 seconds at a time – VA. Tech Transportation Institute
3. Takes place by 800,000 drivers at any given time across the country
4. Slows your brake reaction speed by 18% – HumanFactors & Ergonomics Society
5. Leads to a 400% increase with eyes off the road