Another Ambulette Driver Runs Over a Child; Second in Four Days

Another child has been struck by an ambulette driver, this time in Manhattan.

At approximately 3:04 p.m. Tuesday, a 12-year-old boy was hit by a westbound Ford van, driven by a 24-year-old, on W. 165th Street at Amsterdam Avenue in Washington Heights, according to NYPD. The victim was taken to Columbia Presbyterian in serious condition. Police did not have an update on his condition as of Wednesday afternoon.

DNAinfo reported on Tuesday that the child may be a student at the Manhattan Middle School for Scientific Inquiry on W. 164th Street, one block south of the crash site.

Tuesday’s crash was the second in less than a week involving children and ambulettes. Last Friday, 3-year-old Kevin Rodriguez was run over and killed by an ambulette driver in front of his parents in Coney Island. Police issued the standard “No criminality suspected” statement in each case.

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