Driver Kills Toddler in the Bronx as NYPD and the Press Declare “Accident”

E. 164th Street and Gerard Avenue, where a driver killed a 3-year-old this morning. Image: Google Maps
E. 164th Street and Gerard Avenue, where a driver killed a 3-year-old this morning. Image: Google Maps

Update: WPIX identified the victim as Mariam Dansoko. WPIX and other outlets are reporting that the driver, a 21-year-old man, was turning left from Gerard Avenue onto E. 164th Street when he hit her.

A driver killed a 3-year-old girl in the Bronx this morning. NYPD filed no charges and almost immediately told the press the crash was an “accident.”

An NYPD spokesperson told Streetsblog the victim “was walking behind her mom” at E. 164th Street and Gerard Avenue, not far from Yankee Stadium, when she was hit by the driver of a black Nissan.

The crash occurred at around 8 a.m. The police spokesperson had no details on who had the right of way. The driver was not charged criminally and was not issued a traffic ticket.

Media reports said the victim’s mother was pushing a stroller with a second child inside. They were not reported to be injured.

Details are still scarce, but the Post, the Daily News, and WABC all repeated information from the police concerning the actions of the child and her mother, while downplaying or ignoring the role of the driver who took the child’s life.

“The little girl tried to keep up, but was struck by a driver,” the Post said.

“The collision appeared to be an accident, police said,” read the News.

When a New York City motorist kills a child, the press tends to reflexively blame the victim or her caretakers while absolving the driver of responsibility. Media outlets including the Daily News reported that 3-year-old Allison Liao “broke free” from her grandmother when a driver struck and killed her in a crosswalk in Flushing in 2013, when in fact the two were holding hands and crossing the street with the right of way. “Investigators currently believe this may have all been an accident,” WABC reported after Allison was struck.

This fatal crash occurred in the 44th Precinct, where officers ticketed 356 drivers for speeding and 69 drivers for failing to yield this year as of April, and in the City Council district represented by Melissa Mark-Viverito.

We will post more information as it becomes available.

  • Vooch

    if the victim had a red, so did the killer driver

  • Alicia

    I was hit by a car when I was 4. Why? Because I was near the street and my mother wasn’t watching me.

    No, you were hit because the DRIVER wasn’t watching.

    Who takes a kid across the street without holding their hand?

    Someone who has multiple kids and is pushing a stroller.

  • Slexie

    Typical. Making everything, even the welfare of your children the responsibility of someone else. You’re too lazy to care and it’s easier to put the onus on someone else who has no part in raising your kid. That way you can play the victim and make everyone feel sorry for you instead of taking responsibility for your own lazy actions. You cross the street with a 3 yr old 12 feet behind you? Don’t have kids and if you do, put them up for adoption. They’ll have a better chance of survival without you.

  • Slexie

    No, the lady was walking against the light. The driver was turning off a one way street.

  • Slexie

    Ummm…no. You’re a poor excuse for a SJW.

  • Slexie

    Quit being an ass. The little girl was 12 feet behind the mom and the mom wasn’t even looking at her. The little girl had to call out to get her mom’s attention as the mom was walking away from her. Get a clue. You’re defending a mom who didn’t even hold her daughters hand when she crossed the street. Unless you live some ghetto lifestyle where this is common and the people you represent are so into being victims. Stop defending this lady who has had TWO KIDS KILLED IN HER CARE.

  • Slexie

    No. Streets are for cars. A street that has enough traffic for lights and crosswalks isn’t for kids to play on. It’s a thoroughfare for cars to use. It’s not a playground.

  • Vooch

    you saying the killer driver ran a red light ?

  • Alicia

    SJW?

    That’s adorable. You think I’m a “SJW.” You would be the first person who ever called me that.

    Don’t attempt mind-reading. You fail at it.

  • Alicia

    Making excuses for killers – being an ass
    Wanting safe streets! = Being an ass.

    Get over yourself.

  • Slexie

    Not being responsible for your kids = you’re an ass.

    Blaming the world because you have bad parenting skills = you’re an ass.

    Knowing the cops agreed with me and didn’t arrest the driver = priceless.

  • Slexie

    Who wants to read your mind? I have no interest in your mind, as if there is one. I don’t care what you’re thinking. Why would you say something so asinine? Face it, this lady has killed more kids than this driver has. But defend her all you want, you must have a lot in common with her.

  • Slexie

    No, he had the right of the way. The pedestrians did not. They were walking against the light.

  • Andrew

    Pardon? Like at most signalized four-way intersections in New York City – including nearly all signalized four-way intersections of two one-way streets – the green signal for motor vehicle traffic and walk signal for pedestrians are on in parallel. Motorists making turns are required by law to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

  • Andrew

    Streets are for cars.

    Most Bronx residents don’t own cars. Should pedestrians just stay home all day rather than venture onto your precious car-streets?

  • Slexie

    Quit with the dramatics, like I actually said that. Don’t be stupid. Are you actually saying children should be allowed to play in the streets? Because that’s the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard. Do you not know the difference between a street and a sidewalk? So, a sidewalk and a crosswalk are for pedestrians. Do you understand that? Do you see cars driving on the sidewalk? Did you know that streets are for cars to drive on? If you don’t know the difference between a sidewalk and a street, I can’t help you.

  • Slexie

    I know you think you’re the smartest one in the room. But don’t visit that on me. Most of us know the rules of driving. The walk doesn’t signal to go if one direction has an arrow does it? No it doesn’t.
    The driver was on a one way street. She was walking against the light so she did not have the right of way. They don’t give the walk signal the same time they give an arrow if that arrow lets cars cross a crosswalk do they? No they don’t. No F*$^*%@ sh#& you’re supposed to stop for a pedestrian. Did you just learn that? The driver saw the mom, but the girl was 12 feet behind her. 12 fu$#*ng feet! The mom wasn’t even looking at her. So much so that the girl had to call out to her to tell her that a car was coming. Let me know how many times you have proceeded across the street and left your kid that far behind. How many times on a busy street have you taken your eyes off your kid when crossing? Because most parents would say never. This mom in this story has lost more kids than the driver. Her little brother ran into traffic and was killed while she was watching him. So now 2 kids on her watch are dead. But it’s nothing she did, of course.

  • Slexie

    You mean the mom? Yes. she was crossing against the light.

  • Vooch

    that also mean the driver ran the red

  • Green Arrow

    There is no arrow here. As someone who “knows the rules of driving”, you should know that arrows are unnecessary in intersections between one-way streets.

  • Andrew

    Arrow? What arrow? Almost all arrows are on two-way streets. There is no arrow here. https://www.google.com/maps/@40.8302524,-73.9233551,3a,75y,19.78h,88.33t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1svAcCpWuWk58jYd6h_pWdCQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656

    The driver broke the law. The pedestrians did not. The driver was required to yield to pedestrians, old and young alike.

    (By the way – as an aside, since it’s irrelevant in this particular case – even when the pedestrians are in the wrong, motorists are required by law to exercise due care to avoid colliding with pedestrians. Even if these pedestrians had been breaking the law, the driver wouldn’t have been entirely off the hook. This isn’t relevant here, of course, since the pedestrians weren’t breaking any law at all, and in addition to the obligation to exercise due care, the driver was specifically required to yield.)

  • Andrew

    Psst…the sidewalk and the crosswalk are part of the street.

    Oh, and these pedestrians were in the crosswalk. Where, by your own admission, pedestrians belong. And they were there when pedestrians belong there. And the driver killed them, because he was there when he wasn’t supposed to be there. Yet you think the driver did nothing wrong. So perhaps I won’t be inclined to take my advice from you.

  • Andrew

    This is in Brooklyn on a busy street.

    “A driver killed a 3-year-old girl in the Bronx this morning.”

  • Alicia

    Who wants to read your mind?

    You obviously do, since you tried and failed above.

    Face it, this lady has killed more kids than this driver has.

    She didn’t kill any kids. The driver did. Furthermore, you don’t know if this driver had any other record of killing people, so you’re jumping to conclusions, there, dearie.

  • Alicia

    What’s your driving record like? I’m really curious why you identify so strongly with a careless killer driver, and are blaming the victims.

  • Alicia

    You’re talking to someone from LA here. That might be one factor in explaining her windshield perspective.

  • Alicia

    She knows the rules of driving in LA, where she’s from. She doesn’t seem to know anything about NYC. (She can’t even tell the boroughs apart.)

  • Vooch

    actually the rules in LA are very strict, a pedestrain’s Toe enters Sidewalk & cars must stop. Much to visitors amazement, this respect Is Generally observed.

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