Woman, Young Girl Dead After Struck by SUV on Queens Sidewalk

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A woman and a young girl were killed after an out-of-control SUV hopped a curb in Queens and barreled into them while they were on the sidewalk, police said.

The incident occurred around 5:30 p.m. at the corner of Jamaica Avenue and 164th Street in Jamaica, according to police, as the sidewalks were littered with children walking along the busy street in their Halloween costumes. The driver of the black Range Rover, a 47-year-old woman, appeared to have lost control of the vehicle, the front of which was smashed in, video showed.

The victims, 65-year-old Yuniang Cong and 8-year-old Jashanty Cole, were pinned against a traffic pole and under the SUV. They were taken to Jamaica Hospital where both were pronounced dead.

The driver and a male passenger stayed at the scene for hours after the crash. No charges have been filed.

Police said the woman and the child were not related. An investigation is ongoing.

The driver of the black SUV appeared to lose control of the vehicle as it approached the intersection in Jamaica, and it jumped the curb before fatally striking two people, a woman and a young girl. NBC New York's Checkey Beckford reports.
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