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Two children were killed and a third child was seriously injured yesterday after a gruesome pedestrian accident involving a restaurant delivery van jumping a curb in Chinatown and slamming into a line of preschoolers as well as their escorts on a sidewalk, police said.

Authorities identified the dead children as Hayley Ng, 4, who lived in Chinatown and Diego Martinez, 3, who lived in Chelsea.  A third child, Emma Oscow, 4, was in critical condition at Bellevue Hospital Center last night, where doctors also treated seven more children and four adults for minor personal injuries sustained in the car accident.

As pedestrian accident lawyers, we hope that all drivers take note.  Wrongful deaths from pedestrian accident happen quite frequently, and most pedestrian accidents are completely preventable.

The driver of the delivery van, Chao Fu, 52, of Brooklyn, was escorted from the car accident scene on East Broadway between Catherine and Market streets by police after many in a crowd that formed began yelling at him shortly after the 11:30 a.m. accident.

Fu, employed by China Chalet, a Chinese food restaurant chain, told police he double-parked his 2000 Ford van and got out to make a delivery, a claim backed up by surveillance video, which shows an unoccupied van heading in reverse, crossing the double yellow line and hitting the children.

All of the injured persons required medical treatment by professionals to hopefully allivate some of their pain and suffering.  Unfortunately, for two children, that treatment came too late.

One sequence described by police shows Hayley being struck after the van veers off to the left, crosses the double yellow line and heads right toward the children.  Police also said tests on the car’s linkage showed it to be tight, suggesting the driver may have mistaken reverse for park.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer said the pedestrian accident is a wake-up call that more must be done to protect pedestrians in our city.

Our car accident lawyers strongly urge you to pay attention to driving a car, both while on the road and when parking, because a distracted driver is a dangerous driver. 

Call us now at 1-800-655-6585 or click here for a free consultation with an experienced personal injury attorney and find out how we can help you.  We speak English and Spanish, and we look forward to providing advice for your case.  No fee if no recovery.

Michael Pines, APCAbout

Michael Pines is a former insurance company attorney who specializes in car accident injury. While he was an insurance attorney, he learned from behind the scenes on how insurance companies work and how they decided to pay injured people. Now that he works against insurance companies, Michael's inside knowledge has resulted in significant benefits to his clients injured in car accidents.

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