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Motorist fatally strikes 10-year-old boy in Midwood collision

A 10-year-old boy was fatally struck by a car in Midwood after the driver had a “medical episode” and lost control of the vehicle, before mounting the curb and striking the boy.
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A motorist struck and killed a 10-year-old boy in Midwood on Tuesday after suffering a “medical episode” while he was behind the wheel, according to police.

The operator of a Lexus SUV was traveling northbound on Ocean Avenue when he suffered some kind of attack and lost control of the vehicle at around 2:40 p.m. on Sept. 10, when he veered onto the sidewalk and hit Enzo Farachio, who was waiting at a bus stop near Avenue L, police said.

The car then continued to roll forward until it smashed into some nearby scaffolding, where it ultimately came to a halt, cops said.

First responders took Farachio to New York Community Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead, according to authorities.

Emergency responders also transported the driver to New York Community Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, police said.

Transit activists used the incident to blast the city for failing to keep pedestrians safe.

“This tragedy is a testament to the fact that there is virtually no place in the city where residents are safe from the onslaught of cars — not in the crosswalk, not in the bike lane, not even on the sidewalk,” said Joseph Cutrufo of Transportation Alternatives. “Crashes like these are not accidents, but the preventable and predictable result of a city where cars, not people, are the priority.”

No arrests have been made, and the investigation by the Police Department’s Collision Investigation Squad is ongoing.

Reach reporter Aidan Graham at agraham@schnepsmedia.com or by calling (718) 260–4577. Follow him at twitter.com/aidangraham95.
Updated 12:39 pm, September 11, 2019
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
Why do we put up with this?
Sept. 10, 5:13 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Mike from Williamsburg what do you mean when you say "Why Do We Put up with This?" What can and should be done about this in a practical manner. I'm definitely not minimizing the horrific accident and speaking as a father I can't imagine the magnitude of pain the parents are going through. You live in city congested with 8 1/2 million individuals with all kinds of issues. It's amazing these kinds of incidents don't happen more often.
Sept. 10, 5:29 pm
Local from Here says:
Bob, you are trying to have a civilized discussion with car hating zealots. You just lobbed a softball at them to be met with a BAN ALL TEH CARZZ NOWW!! wild eyed, foaming at the mouth screed. There is no discussing anything with fanatics.
Sept. 10, 5:49 pm
Mark from PLG says:
That's some nice driving.
Sept. 10, 6:58 pm
Beverly says:
Rest In Piece.
Sept. 10, 7:14 pm
Beverly says:
Brooklyn Paper -please do something about the above person's abhorrent comments.
Sept. 10, 7:15 pm
Lucy from Prospect Park says:
A driver with non-life-threatening injuries, just killed a 10 year old. So sad.
Sept. 10, 7:37 pm
Mike from Williamsburg says:
Bob, I think you are minimizing this by asking that. Just answer the question. Why do we put up with this? Because there is nothing you are willing to give up or compromise on to reduce this? Ok, then say so.
Sept. 10, 9:07 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Mike from Williamsburg what I think is irrelevant. I'm but a grain of sand on the beach. If you want do something? Fine. How about reversing the trends not only in this city but virtually the whole world. First we build an infrastructure city. Paved over the roads to accommodate cars and trucks. Then crowd as many people as humanly possible into the same area. If that's not bad enough some Yahoo decides to incorporate bicycle lanes in hugely congested streets and expect some kind of orderly respect for one another. That my friend is why I look at this situation and say to myself it wasn't so tragic it would be hilarious and we have found ourselves with people who act as if stupidity was a virtue.
Sept. 10, 10:20 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Sorry Mike, I didn't mean to come on so strong. I guess I've been around much too long and at my age very little surprises me anymore.
Sept. 10, 10:25 pm
Local from Here says:
Life in prison, forfeiture of assets.
Sept. 11, 7:57 am
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay says:
They are not car hating zealots. They are just Brooklyn residents fed up with irresponsible and reckless drivers who do not care. A biker was killed less than a month ago on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue L because a driver was speeding and ran a red light. The biker was hit by another car that was hit by the speeder.+- To Bob, thousands of Brooklynites use bicycles to go to work and do errands. The ike lanes were necessary as these are for your tax paying neighbors. They can be planed better but are necessary.
Sept. 11, 8:13 am
Local from Here says:
Speak for yourself, Susan. Do you not read the other comments posted here before they are deleted?
Sept. 11, 9:52 am
Local from Here says:
No, you (vision zero, henry ford, etc) posted your true racist feelings under other user names and the comments were deleted. Own your hatred, coward.
Sept. 11, 11:07 am
Leif Ericsson says:
A young boy is killed, and some weirdos go on a rant about overgrown fanatics on bicycles(!). Seriously. No matter how explained, this was the case of another driver ending the life of a little boy. I can not imagine the pain. NYC drivers are extremely dangerous to pedestrians (and cyclists) -and each other. After many decades in the city, and seeing so many maimed and injured for life, I am of the strong opinion that the city speed limit of cars should be lowered to that of a bicycle, or 15 MPH. With swift removals of licenses.
Sept. 11, 11:23 am
Billy from Sunset Park says:
To Leif Ericson....I can't imagine the pain either. I was thinking of the police showing up at the door of the parents. How does anyone bear the unbearable? But when someone has a medical event the car will go off of the road regardless of speed. I wonder if the driver had a preexisting condition and was driving despite the dangerous condition? I'm not looking for someone to be punished, but it is difficult to blame fate and do nothing.
Sept. 11, 1:14 pm
Bob from Gerritsen Beach says:
Susan Rosenfeld from Sheepshead Bay I have been driving in the city for over 50 Years and rode a bicycle for at least 10 years longer. In the 70s I actually rode my bike to work in the summer when I worked in Sunset Park. So I know what it is to ride in the streets. In that time I saw incredibly stupid maneuvers by bicyclists and equally stupid maneuvers by drivers. It's not the drivers fault that the bicyclists are in the street nor is it the bicyclists fault that they need to ride in the street to get from one place to another. In cities like Seattle over 35% of people who commute to work do so on a bicycle. I personally seen them traveling through the city the difference is that they virtually have no interaction with cars. They travel from the outskirts of the city on designated bicycle paths. Something that's unheard of here in the city. So what we have here are frustrated drivers who drive in perpetual congestion and people who want to ride bicycles forced to share the road with these frustrated drivers. So what is the solution? Ban cars or ban bicycles? You and I know that neither one of those things are going to happen so what the hell are we talking about here.
Sept. 11, 5:12 pm
Local from Here says:
Probably a beaner driving illegally. Trump will get rid of these vermin!
Sept. 11, 6:34 pm
Penny from Cobble Hill says:
This could have been avoided if he didn't lose control of the car! Why did he do that?!
Sept. 12, 6:04 am

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