Woman, 2 children struck by car in Staten Island; driver charged

PARK HILL, Staten Island — Three people, including two children, were rushed to the hospital after being struck by a car in Staten Island Saturday evening.

It happened around 6:22 p.m. at 320 Vanderbilt Ave., in the Park Hill section of Staten Island.

Officials say a 25-year-old woman was crossing the street with two children, both 4 years old,  when they were struck by a car turning left onto Vanderbilt Avenue from Osgood Avenue.

Now the driver of the car, 56-year-old Elizabeth Johnson, is being charged with failure to yield to pedestrians.

"I have nothing to say miss," Johnson told PIX 11 after being taken into custody by police.

A neighbor from the Fox Hill houses said he saw it all and ran to help the victims.

"The little kids jumped in front of the car," Solee Kuyateh, a neighbor who lives at Fox Hill Houses, told PIX11. "And the car hit her. The little girl wasn't breathing. I prayed over her and then she went to the hospital."

Another neighbor from Fox Hill houses says parents should watch their children more closely.

"Lots of traffic, lots of kids in the projects here," Timothy Howe, a neighbor told PIX11. "At least the little girl lived, that's a plus."

The 4-year-old girl is in critical condition at Staten Island University Hospital, but is expected to survive and make a full recovery.

The 25-year-old and the 4-year-old boy suffered only minor injuries.