A driver trying to escape the police ran over a mother and her four children while they were getting off a school bus.
The incident occurred just before 5 p.m. on Tuesday afternoon in Brooklyn’s Midwood neighborhood when police tried to stop a white Mercedes-Benz traveling along Flatbush Avenue. Rather than stopping, the driver took off straight through several bus stops before hitting the family with her car, ABC News’ New York City station WABC reported.
According to WABC, the mother had been waiting with two of her children for the school bus carrying her other two children when the accident occurred.
“When the Mercedes hit the woman, the woman flies and hit the ground and the kid was shivering,” an unnamed witness said.
“[The mother] was under the bus, actually,” said a witness to the collision. “I was praying for her. It is just so terrible. It is definitely terrible.”
The 41-year-old mother and her four children, three daughters aged 8, 5 and 1, and one son aged 3, were taken to a nearby hospital where they were listed in stable condition. It is expected that the family will survive, according to WABC.
The car involved in the crash was found not far from E 24th St and Glenwood Road by police investigating the accident, but the female driver abandoned the car there and walked away.
There have been no arrests made in connection with the incident, and the suspect is still at large.
In the event that anyone has information regarding the crash, they are encouraged to call the New York Police Department.
“I don’t know how you’re going to sleep tonight after you did that,” a neighbor commented.