Video shows man ‘nearly running over children’ while driving on SIDEWALK ‘to avoid traffic’ as three-year-old boys get off bus outside Orthodox Jewish school
- Video shows New York driver using the sidewalk outside an elementary school
- It emerges from behind school buses and stops as children disembark
- Children are seen running into the Orthodox Jewish school on Wednesday
- Former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind said the clip posted on Twitter shows the car ‘nearly running over school children’
Shocking footage shows the moment a New York driver uses the sidewalk outside an elementary school, seemingly to avoid traffic.
Surveillance footage shows a vehicle emerge from behind a row of school buses and stop on the pavement as children as young as three years old begin to disembark.
While the first to walk appear nonchalant as they enter the building of the Vizhnitz Cheder in Brooklyn, as the motor edges forward, one child seems alarmed and speeds up.
Shocking footage shows the moment a New York driver uses the sidewalk outside an elementary school, seemingly to avoid traffic, on Wednesday
Surveillance footage shows a vehicle emerge from behind a row of school buses and stop on the pavement as children as young as three years old begin to disembark
Another youngster following runs into the Orthodox Jewish school in the Borough Park neighborhood after realizing the car is attempting to advance.
Once the child passes, the vehicle speeds ahead and passes a line of yellow buses on an area reserved for pedestrians.
Both the children and a chaperoning adult look on in disbelief as the navy blue Toyota Avalon continues on down the sidewalk. At one point a child steps back down from his area of safety to get a closer look at the back of the motor.
The vehicle came within inches of the children seen lugging heavy bags to class at the 53rd street location.
Video of the incident was shared by a former New York State Assemblyman Wednesday afternoon.
As the motor edges forward, one child seems alarmed and speeds up to enter the school
Youngsters run into the Orthodox Jewish school to avoid being hit by the motor inches away
Both the children and a chaperoning adult look on in disbelief as the navy blue Toyota Avalon continues on down the sidewalk
Dov Hikind posted on Twitter that the clip shows the motor ‘nearly running over school children’. Adding that he was contacting the New York Police Department about the incident, he posted on the microblogging website: ‘I’m calling on @NYPD66Pct to look into the matter and arrest the man responsible for the reckless endangerment of children’s welfare. All that because he couldn’t wait an extra few minutes…’
No one was hurt in the incident.
He told ABC 7: ‘Such behavior is outrageous, wild, reckless, and unacceptable. ‘The video evidence and license plate number have been forwarded to the chief of police of the 66th Precinct. The community is demanding the arrest of this sick individual.’
Hikind added to NY1 that the driver should at least get ‘a big fine’, saying the person behind the wheel ‘could have killed two or three of them easily this morning’.
‘Passing a school bus may result in you committing murder — literally, that’s what it is,’ Hikind said. ‘When I saw that all I could think about was that could have been my grandchild. I want this guy arrested, I want to send a message to everybody that the kids on these buses are your kids.’
The incident occurred outside the Vizhnitz Cheder in Brooklyn’s Borough Park neighborhood
Former New York State Assemblyman Dov Hikind said the clip posted on Twitter shows the motor ‘nearly running over school children’
Hikind said he knew the identity of the person driving the four-door.
‘The last thing you imagine is that they might get on the sidewalk outside the school because someone is in a rush,’ he explained to Pix 11. ‘This guy is a calm guy, nice guy. He’s not some guy who lost it, which makes it even more incredible. ‘
Law enforcement later located the car on 57th street and 19th Avenue. But an arrest was not made.
Hikind, who represented the district for 36 years, later added on Twitter: ‘Want to thank CO of @NYPD66Pct for pursuing this case: we thank Gd that this did not turn into a real tragedy.’
He told News 12 Brooklyn: ‘A difference of a moment you could have had a kid, you could have had the most unbelievable tragedy in this community. There’s nothing in the world that can justify what this person did. Nothing in the world.’