A family was ripped apart eight blocks from their Brooklyn home when a reckless driver caused a chain reaction crash that struck the family, killing their 3-month-old girl.
The Clinton Hill parents were walking through Clinton Hill around 6 p.m. Saturday when two cars collided near Gates Avenue and Vanderbilt Avenue. According to the preliminary police investigation, the driver of a 2017 Honda Civic turned the wrong way down Gates and collided with another car.
Both parents and the stroller carrying their 3-month-old child were struck by the cars. The infant was rushed to Brooklyn Hospital by EMS but did not survive.
The child's mom and dad, 33 and 36 respectively, were also transported to the hospital. Police say the mother's injuries were serious.
Police sources say officers in the area spotted the car driving erratically and made a U-turn to in pursuit, but quickly lost the driver. It was a few blocks away that police say he drove the wrong way down Gates and collided with the other car.
Police say the driver fled on foot and attempted to steal another car parked over on Atlantic Avenue where he was ultimately arrested.
Tyreek Mott, 28, is facing charges of attempted robbery, attempted grand larceny, obstructing governmental administration and resisting arrest. Information for his attorney was not immediately known.
The Highway Collision Investigation Squad is continuing to investigate the incident.