Police say several pedestrians have been hit by a car in Bushwick, Brooklyn

BUSHWICK, BROOKLYN (WABC) – Police say one woman is dead and another is in critical condition after they were hit by a car in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

The incident happened at the intersection of Eldert Street and Knickerbocker Avenue just after 5 p.m


Neighbors and witnesses told Eyewitness News that the two Motibe women, aged 71 and 44, were a mother and daughter crossing the street together at an intersection.

“I stopped the van, went to my apartment, heard the crash,” said witness Rodrigo Gonzalez.

The sound was a blue Mazda crashing into Gonzalez’s parked van, but the damage was nothing compared to the horrific injuries the two women suffered.

“The older woman got CPR as soon as she could,” Gonzalez said. “The middle-aged woman was sedated. But she… they were both very hurt.”

The response was quick because the police were already there.

Video from the corner store shows a blue Mazda crossing the intersection with a police car behind it.

The NYPD says officers in the car with their lights and sirens on tried to stop the driver for a traffic violation.

The car ran over eyewitness Sandra Villaman, who would have come to the intersection and recognized her immediately.

“And I see a car hit somebody. So I come up here and I see two ladies on the floor,” he said. “They were trying to resuscitate one, while the other was sitting and being helped by two men.

Witnesses also told Eyewitness News reporter Sonia Rincon that while police officers were helping the women, the driver of the Mazda with Massachusetts plates fled.

Police dogs searched the area and the Halsey Street L train station, but he was gone.

Gonzalez heard from a driver who narrowly escaped being T-boned at that intersection.

“He was like pale nervous, shaking,” Gonzalez said.

But the women on the crossing could not escape.

The 71-year-old woman was taken to Wycoff Hospital, where she later died. A 44-year-old woman is in critical condition at Elmhurst Hospital.

“It’s a tragic thing. It’s really tragic. We shouldn’t be doing this just for fun,” said neighbor Allen Lott.

The NYPD says it wasn’t chasing the driver before the crash, but was following him with lights and sirens after seeing him commit an unspecified traffic violation.

The only description they have is a young man in a blue shirt and blue jeans with a ponytail.

No arrests were made.

The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Team is investigating this fatal hit-and-run.

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