A mother in Staten Island, New York, has been hospitalized after she was struck by a hit-and-run driver while heading home from a family outing.
Monique Knight, a 37-year-old mother of three, was returning home on May 29 from an amusement park with five children, and was taking her 4-year-old nephew out of the car when a driver hit her with his car, according to WPIX.
Knight's cousin, Shanelle Browning, said that she heard the car speeding toward her as she picked up her nephew, and dropped him back into the car so he wouldn't be hurt.
Police confirmed that none of the children were hurt in the accident.
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"Every week someone’s car [is] getting hit by a car on this block, the way the cars are speeding up and down that block," said Browning, who called for safety measures on the block.
"Every day it's something. Either one of my neighbors' cars getting hit, I come out to a busted tail light," added Browning. "We need a speed bump. We keep asking for [a] speed bump between Hendricks and Benziger and we still have to go through this. We shouldn't have to go through this every day."
Knight was hospitalized with serious injuries, and family members said they feared she might lose a leg.
"She was hurt really bad, she lost a lot of skin on her right leg," said Browning.
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The driver that hit Knight drove away after the crash, said police. The vehicle was reportedly a brown or dark-colored SUV or van, and it is also said to have left something important behind in the collision which was found by authorities.
"They have the license plate," said Browning, New York Daily News reports. "The license plate fell off the car."
The SUV that the car hit was also damaged in the crash, with at least one deflated tire and a badly dented back door.
Police have not yet made any arrests in connection to the case.
In another hit-and-run in Staten Island, a 36-year-old man was rushed to the hospital after a car plowed into him. The driver allegedly drove a block from the scene before leaving his car and fleeing on foot, police said.
Police arrested a man in connection with the crash, but the investigation is ongoing. The man was arrested for outstanding warrants, and authorities have yet to determine whether he was the driver of the SUV involved in the crash.