Man in Custody After Baby Killed in Wrong-Way Hit-and-Run Accident: 'We Heard Huge Screams'

A man is in custody after a car accident in New York City left a mother critically injured and her 3-month-old child dead.

The incident occurred in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn at around 6:19 p.m. on Saturday, ABC 7 reported. Two men in a silver 2017 Honda Civic were traveling the wrong way when the vehicle struck a black Honda Civic, causing one or both of them to careen onto a nearby sidewalk.

A mother, 33, had been pushing her infant daughter in a stroller when both were hit by one of the cars.

A woman who was driving the other vehicle was taken to a local hospital but was not seriously injured. Another man was also injured in the chaos.

The identities of the victims have not been released at this time.

"The investigation is ongoing by the NYPD Highway Collision Investigation Squad," said the New York City Police Department in a statement sent to Newsweek. "The identity of the deceased is pending proper family notification."

Witnesses of the accident said that the infant was thrown 15 to 20 feet from the collision's impact.

"They went flying," one witness, who declined to give his name, told the New York Post.

The infant was taken to Brooklyn Hospital Center but was later pronounced dead. Her mother was taken to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital where she remains in critical condition.

A GoFundMe has been created to help the family of the victims.

The unnamed witness also told the Post that he had seen the same silver vehicle some ways up the street, speeding and narrowly avoiding a collision with several people on bikes.

"My cousin heard the impact and we went to the window and we heard huge screams of 'oh my God,' and then there was a woman lying down on the floor," said Anne Sophie Plume, another witness to the accident, ABC 7 reported. "We thought that it was a hit-and-run because there was just running everywhere. So we knew it was serious, it was pretty horrible."

One man in the silver Honda Civic that reportedly started the crash was detained by police and taken into custody after initially attempting to flee. The other occupant of the vehicle fled the scene and remains at large.

A preliminary statement on the incident sent to Newsweek by the NYPD did not specify whether the person in custody was the driver or the passenger. Reports from other outlets gave conflicting information about this point.

Brooklyn was also the scene of a vehicular accident in April that left a 95-year-old woman dead. She was being transported via ambulance after suffering from cardiac arrest when the emergency vehicle crashed and flipped over onto its side. Nine others, including several staff members from the ambulance, were injured in the incident.

Updated 09/15/2021, 1:11 p.m. ET: This story has been updated to include GoFundMe information.

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