DYKER HEIGHTS, Brooklyn — A Brooklyn man is facing numerous charges after he struck and killed a 6-year-old girl crossing the street in the Dyker Heights area of Brooklyn Tuesday night, according to the NYPD.
Police responded around 8 p.m. to a 911 call of a child struck by a vehicle in the vicinity of 12th Avenue and 67th Street, authorities said.
Officers arrived to find the little girl unconscious and unresponsive with severe injuries to her head and body, police said.
The child was rushed to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to officials.
Authorities identified the victim as Hiromi Tamy and said she lived right near the intersection where she was fatally struck.
Neighbors said they heard her mother’s cries for help from inside their homes.
“I came out and the mother was screaming, the kid was all covered in blood,” area resident Linda Guerin recalled. “I was trying to comfort the mother…until the fire department got here, the paramedics…I had a bad feeling,” she added.
Police originally said the 30-year-old driver told them the girl suddenly ran out into the street as he was turning onto 67th Street, from 12th Avenue, and that he couldn’t stop in time.
The NYPD later said their preliminary investigation determined the driver, identified as Qiuhua Zhu, was initially driving his Lexus SUV southbound on 12th Avenue and crossed over the solid double-yellow line, traveling into oncoming traffic.
While heading southbound in the wrong lane, Zhu turned left, attempting to drive in the right direction on 67th Street, but almost immediately struck the child, who was using the crosswalk to cross 67th Street, authorities said.
According to police, the pedestrian signal was in the girl’s favor as she tried to cross.
Police said the driver initially continued driving eastbound on 67th Street, but returned to the scene after traveling around the block.
Neither Zhu nor the other passengers in his SUV were injured during the incident.
Pursuant to an ongoing investigation, police later said they had arrested Zhu.
According to the NYPD, the Brooklyn man was hit with charges including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, failing to yield to a pedestrian with injury, failure to obey traffic device, driving wrong direction on a one-way street, making an improper left turn on a one-way road, and more.
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Editor’s note: Police originally said early Wednesday the deadly collision was believed to be an accident.