QUEENS, NEW YORK, NY – A woman and a young girl were killed Friday evening when they were hit by an SUV that went out of control while driving on a street in Queens, CBS New York reports.
According to police, a 47-year-old woman was driving a black Range Rover in the vicinity of 164th Street and Jamaica Avenue in Jamaica when the accident occurred at about 5:30 p.m.
Investigators said the driver lost control while going south on 164th Street, jumped a curb, and struck the two victims, who were pronounced dead at Jamaica Hospital. They were identified by police as 8-year-old Jashanty Cole and 65-year-old Yuniang Cong. The two were not related.
Witnesses told WABC that the vehicle struck a pole before hitting the two pedestrians. One witness, Sandra Havertong, told a reporter, “Out of nowhere, they were walking and all of a sudden, the car came out of nowhere and hit them.”
Three other pedestrians were hospitalized after the accident but their injuries were not considered life-threatening.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted condolences to the families of the victims, calling the crash “heartbreaking and gutwrenching.”
Police said the driver remained at the scene following the incident, and so far no charges have been filed.
Law enforcement sources quoted by AMNY said that the driver lost control when she pushed the accelerator instead of hitting the brakes.
The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad is continuing to look into the crash.
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