Two days, two pedestrians killed in Brooklyn

Brooklyn Currents | 12/05/2014 | 0 comments

 Tuesday, Dec. 3

 By the NY Daily News

 Grief will replace the typical joy of childbirth when a Brooklyn mom awakens from a medically induced coma after she and her daughter were run down by a motorist.

Suri Friedman will be greeted by a brand-new baby girl that was delivered by emergency C-section — and by the tragic news that her 10-year-old daughter, Blimi, died of her injuries. One of the last things Friedman, whose pregnancy was nearly full-term, heard before she was rushed to the hospital was the badly hurt Blimi telling the paramedics her name, police sources said.

 On Wednesday afternoon, several hundred mourners converged on the the Shomrie Hadas funeral home on Fourteenth Ave., where a small wooden coffin with a plain blue velvet cover sat in a front room "My wife should have a complete and speedy recovery with the help of G-d," Yakov Friedman, Blimi's dad, said to the sea of teary mourners. "The new baby should plead with God to help our family recover." His head bowed, Friedman then led a half-block procession solemnly walking behind the hearse carrying his daughter's casket

 "This is a family's worst nightmare," state Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) said afterward. Meanwhile, 22-year-old driver Bilal Ghumman was arraigned on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle without the owner's consent. A Brooklyn judge ordered Ghumman, a Borough of Manhattan Community College student who had an outstanding warrant for marijuana possession, held on $5,000 bond. Ghumman, who works at the Ateres Chaya wedding hall at 14th Ave. and 54th St., was given the keys to the company Honda Odyssey and told to park it, authorities said. Instead, Ghumman told cops he took the minivan for a spin in a hunt for cigarettes, prosecutors said.

The pregnant mother and her doomed daughter were struck at about 9 p.m. Tuesday about a mile from the wedding hall as they crossed 60th Street between 17th and 18th avenues. The crash marked the second tragedy for the Friedmans — five years ago, their then-3-year-old daughter Tzivia was badly burned when a menorah toppled over and started a fire that tore through their Borough Park home. At the time, the Daily News called the fact that little Tzivia escaped her 47th St. home alive a "Chanukah miracle."

 But telling Friedman that Blimi is dead will be so much harder, Meyer said. "I've never had to deal with something like this," the rabbi admitted. "We had to tell (Friedman's husband) there was nothing more the doctors could do and then 30 seconds later congratulate him that he has a new baby girl. It's like a seesaw. There's no words you can say." The girl's father, Yakov Friedman. Friedman, who has six other kids, remains in critical but stable condition at Lutheran Medical Center, officials said. "She has a host of internal injuries," Meyer said. "She has a punctured liver, fractured ribs — with a baby to top it off."

 The still-unnamed baby, who Meyer said weighed more than 6 pounds, is in stable condition, officials said. In the city so far this year, 119 pedestrians have been killed. Pedestrian deaths stood at 159 in 2013. In the wake of the tragedy, state Sens. Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) and Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) are proposing legislation that would stiffen the penalties for drivers charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle resulting in a person's death. The bill would increase the penalty from a misdemeanor — punishable by up to one year in prison — to a felony — punishable by up to four years in prison. ===============================================================

 Wednesday, Dec 4

 By WABC-TV news 

A mother and her two daughters were struck by a stolen minivan in Flatlands, Brooklyn on Wednesday afternoon,. "He lost control, he turn two times, boom boom, and then he go on top of the kids," an eyewitness said, "We saw the two girls laying there bleeding, and like yo let's move the car there might be a third." "Me and a couple of other guys pushed the car up onto the hydrant," another eyewitness said. Under the car was a third victim. "Her eyes were open and she wasn't moving at all. She wasn't blinking," said Shamar Brooks, an eyewitness. "I couldn't look at it no more. I just turned my face once I saw that," Webb said. At the hospital, doctors tried but couldn't save 12-year-old Joey Sellers.

 Her 9-year-old sister and their 38-year-old mother were both gravely hurt. Cops say the minivan had been stolen. And as strangers tried to save the victims, the man behind the wheel had other ideas, climbing out the window and limping away. "Stop! Where are you going?" said Mitch Guejuste, an eyewitness who chased after the suspect. Eyewitness Mitch Guejuste was in hot pursuit. "He went through somebody's yard jumped the fence. Jumped after him, then he jumped a second fence, I jumped after him again," Guejuste said,

"People are heartless. How can you hit three kids and run? That's heartless." Police think the suspect may have been picked up by a getaway car. No arrests were made by this posting.

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