Dramatic Accident in Boro Park as Car Loses Control on 18th Ave. and 55th St.


A dramatic accident occurred in Boro Park on Thursday morning, as a car careened out of control and hit a young girl as its driver suffered what police are calling “an apparent medical episode.”

Hamodia spoke to the father of the a young girl, who thanked Hashem for the chassadim and miracle that occurred.

The incident occurred at 8:09 a.m., at the corner of 18th Avenue and 55th Street. Surveillance-camera footage posted on social media shows the dark Toyota sedan car service, having come down 55th St. from 19th Ave., arriving at the corner of 18th. Ave. at a red light. The back door opened on the passenger side, and a passenger began exiting, when suddenly — with the light still red, and with the side door still open — the car careened across 18th. Ave., and onto the corner of 55th, on the 54th Street side of the block, across the street from JII Pizza store. The girl, who was standing on the corner directly in the car’s path, turned away from the car and started to run, before being struck by the car.

The girl was wearing a full backpack, which cushioned the impact as she fell on the hood of car and then rolled onto the sand, which was soft from the previous night’s rain.

Seven girls usually wait on that corner for the school bus. B’chasdei Hashem, the others were two minutes late on Thursday morning. This girl, who had arrived on time, was going to hold the bus for the others.

After the car came to a stop, the video shows the passenger — who had been unable to leave the car before it went out of control — exiting the car on the driver’s side. The passenger seems to be unharmed.

According to the NYPD, the driver, 48 years old, suffered a heart attack and was transported to Maimonides Medical Center in critical condition. The girl is in stable condition, with a leg injury.