An 8-year-old girl was struck and killed by an SUV while crossing the street near her home in Brooklyn Wednesday, authorities say.
The girl, identified as Jadann Williams, was hit by the Toyota SUV as she was crossing East 22nd Street mid-block near Ditmas Avenue in Flatbush at about 5 p.m., police said.
Williams lived on the cul-de-sac.
Responding emergency officers found the girl lying in the road with severe head trauma. She was taken to Kings County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, police said.
The 35-year-old driver of the SUV stayed at the scene. It's not clear if charges will be filed. Police said a 25-year-old man who lives in the neighborhood was arrested on an assault charge for attacking the driver after the fatal crash.
Despite the street being a dead-end, neighbor and family friend Tanisha Brown said vehicles constantly speed through.
"We've been asking for a speed bump on this block, and this is what is has come to?" said Brown.
The Department of Transportation says it will review the street for possible safety improvements.
Another neighbor who only gave his first name as Campbell said he's an EMT and a nurse at a nursing home. He said he performed CPR on the girl with the assistance of other nurses from a nearby nursing home as they waited for the ambulance. She was breathing before medics took her to the hospital.
Both neighbors said they felt the ambulance took too long to arrive. The FDNY said EMS responded within minutes.
Brown said children who live on the block play on the dead-end street because there's no other place to go.
"They all play together. There's so many kids on this block that ride their bike up and down," said Brown, who said her children are best friends with Jadann.
Jadann was the baby of the family and a talented young basketball player, according to Brown.