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.
The driver of the delivery van, 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.
The man, 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 alleviate some of their pain and suffering. Unfortunately, for two children, that treatment came too late.
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