Driver Charged After 7-Year-Old Boy Is Fatally Struck In Brooklyn

WCBS 880 Newsroom
February 27, 2020 - 6:15 pm
Boy fatally struck in Brooklyn

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A child was struck and killed by a vehicle in East New York for the second time in just one week.

Authorities say 7-year-old Payson Lott was walking with his 39-year-old mother when they were hit near Pennsylvania and Blake avenues around 8:15 a.m. Thursday.

According to WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond, the two were struck by a gray Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV just steps from where the 7-year-old attended school.

A nearby bodega employee said the mother had just left the store with a cup of coffee and seemed happy just seconds before the crash.

“When I get outside, I saw her already crying, on the sidewalk. The baby, like, in the street, like, a lot of blood and she crying like a lot for her baby,” he explained of the scene. “She keeps crying, the body was never moving.”

He explained that the mother had another three children with her inside the store, none of which were hurt.

The 39-year-old woman suffered non-life threatening injures as a result of the accident. It was previously reported she was in critical condition at a nearby hospital.

The driver, 48-year-old Susan Pierrot, remained at the scene and was later arrested. She has been charged with aggravated unlicensed operating of a vehicle, two counts of failure to yield to a pedestrian and two counts of failure to exercise due care.

The tragedy occurred about two miles from where a 10-year-old girl was fatally struck by a turning school bus on Tuesday.

Last year the state Legislature gave the city the green light to expand the number of hours speed cameras could be operational in school zones, a safety measure that could not save these children – who were simply walking to school