Hit-and-Run Driver Kills Boy, 4, and Injures 2nd Child

A hit-and-run crash in Brooklyn on Monday morning left a 4-year-old boy dead and a 6-year-old critically injured, the authorities said.

The two boys were found lying in the street in Bensonhurst, on 67th Street between 20th and 21st Avenues, after they were struck by a blue truck or van, the police said. They were taken to Maimonides Medical Center, where the 4-year-old was pronounced dead.

The 6-year-old is in critical but stable condition, the police said.

The crash took place at around 9:15 a.m. in front of the Yeshiva Ketana of Bensonhurst, but it was not clear if the two boys were studying there.

Television news crews and worried residents crowded outside the yeshiva on Monday afternoon. One neighbor said she thought the children at the yeshiva were not being supervised properly; she had feared someone would get hit by a car, she said.

A woman who answered the phone at the yeshiva said no one was available to talk.

The boys’ names were not immediately released, and it was not clear if they were related. It also was not clear whether the driver had been arrested.

The hit-and-run came as the pandemic has upended traffic patterns in New York City. With emptier streets, reckless driving has surged, and more drivers and passengers have died, though pedestrian fatalities have declined with fewer people walking the streets. While at least 243 people died in crashes in 2020, the highest number since 2014, the number of pedestrian deaths reached a record low.

The spike in traffic deaths in 2020 was a blow to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to eliminate all traffic deaths by 2024.

Matthew Sedacca contributed reporting.

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