Three-month-old baby dies after being ‘thrown into air’ by hit and run driver

A three-month-old girl has died and her mother left in a critical condition after a hit and run.

The driver of a 2017 silver Honda Civic was driving in the wrong direction down a Brooklyn street in New York, the US, when it crashed into a black 2020 Honda Civic, injuring the 49-year-old driver.

The impact pushed both cars onto the pavement, where they crashed into the 32-year-old mother and her baby being pushed in a pram on Saturday, September 11, the New York Post reports.

A 39-year-old man was also injured and hospitalised, according to the New York Police Department.

Photos taken at the scene of the crash showed the two smashed Honda Civic cars and the pram which the three-month-old is understood to have been in.

The three-month-old baby was thrown 15 to 20 feet into the air by the crash, according to one witness.

She was pronounced dead at Brooklyn Hospital, while her mother was in critical condition and undergoing surgery at Methodist Hospital.

The police force confirmed that the driver of the black Honda was also being treated for less serious injuries.

The driver of the 2017 silver Honda Civic fled the scene on foot and a 29-year-old male passenger in the car also tried to escape, but was apprehended by officers and taken to Methodist Hospital.

An anonymous witness told The Post he saw the silver Honda “speeding” and “almost hit some bikers” a few streets away.

The erratic driver then slammed into the black car “and hit a family – a husband, baby and mother,” according to the witness.

The witness, who called the emergency services to the scene, said the family “went flying”.

He said: “The guy got out and ran. The mother was unconscious. The father picked up the baby and tried to run [her] to the hospital.”

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