Child from Bronx Died after being Hit by MTA Vehicle
Bronx, New York, July 30th 2010 – A Seven-year-old child (Maxmilio Mendez) was struck and killed by a Metropolitan Transportation Authority vehicle. He was crossing East Harlem street with his mother when this accident took place.
The accident took place at Second Avenue between 124th and 125th Streets at around 9 a.m. The truck was entering a ramp for the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge.
Victim’s mother who is pregnant – Erica Lorenzo, 35 – was rushed to Harlem Hospital and is reported to be in a serious but stable condition, police said.
Witnesses told that paramedics tried to revive the boy, but he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
No charges have been filed against the driver, who remained on the scene.
It was not clear whether the truck driver ever saw the child crossing the street along with his mother before hitting them as he was driving his yellow MTA vehicle through the intersection, witnesses said.
Some residents also told that the intersection, which is used by thousands of cars to reach the bridge everyday, is an accident prone area – and an accident like this was just a matter of time. There is a park right here and a pool. Kids are regularly seen crossing by. Most of the car drivers often indulge in rash driving here.