Girl Dies, Mom Hurt After Car Hits Them on NYC Sidewalk: NYPD

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  • A 4-year-old girl died and her mother was hurt after they were hit by a car on a Brooklyn sidewalk, police say
  • The driver of a black SUV can be seen on video backing up and smacking into the duo in Bushwick
  • The woman driver was arrested a few blocks away and police are questioning her, trying to figure out if she knew what had happened

A four-year-old girl is dead and a 39-year-old mother was injured after they were struck by a car in Brooklyn while walking on the sidewalk, police say. 

A driver backing up a black SUV near the intersection of Wyckoff Avenue and Hart Street in Bushwick hit the two around 4:30 p.m. Sunday, authorities said. The girl, later identified as Luz Gonzalez, died; the mother was taken to an area hospital, where she is in stable condition. 

The 38-year-old driver fled the scene, but police said they took her into custody a few blocks away. Police questioned her to learn if she knew what had happened. Police released her without being charged. No arrests have been made, police said. 

Surveillance video from the scene shows the child and her mother walking on the sidewalk. The girl is seen stopping to pick something up before the car suddenly slams into the duo. 

Witnesses blame the set up of the parking lot, which runs parallel with the sidewalk the mother and child were on when they were hit. 

The investigation is ongoing. 

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