Baby killed after driver runs through red light in Staten Island

WEST BRIGHTON, Staten Island — A baby was killed in a car crash after a driver ran a red light in Staten Island early Saturday, police said.

A 36-year-old mother was in the passenger seat of a 2003 Chevy van driven by a relative, according to police. Police said she was holding her 6-month-old son Damaris Earps in her arms, who was suffering from flu like symptoms and became unresponsive. The van was traveling east on Forest Avenue when it proceeded through a red light around 2:40 a.m., police said.

As it crossed the intersection, a Jeep traveling north on Broadway struck the vehicle.

Officers arrived and found 6-month-old Damaris Earps unresponsive and unconscious inside the Chevy van. Earps was being rushed to the hospital for flu-like symptoms, according to police.

He was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead, police said. Whether the baby died from injuries sustained in the crash or if the infant died from the illness he was suffering will be determined by the Medical Examiner’s Office.

Both vehicles remained on scene and there were no other reported injuries.