BATH BEACH, Brooklyn -- A child has died after being struck by a commercial van in Brooklyn Thursday afternoon, police say.
It happened around 12:45 p.m. at the intersection of Bay 25th Street and Benson Avenue in Bath Beach.
Police say the 61-year-old driver of a 2011 Chevy traveling south on Bay 25th Street was attempting to make a right on Benson Avenue when the van struck 3-year-old Emur Shavkator.
The child was riding his scooter in a marked crosswalk across Bay 25th Street when he was hit. His mother was behind him holding an infant in her arms.
Neighbors say they’ll never forget the blood curdling screams of the mother calling out for help after her son was hit.
The child was transported to Coney Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead.
His mother sustained non-life threatening injuries.
The van that hit the 3-year-old boy had a Skittles logo on one side and a Starburst logo on the other side.
The driver, Johnny Gonzalez, of 19th Street Brooklyn, remained on scene and was taken into police custody. He is charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care.