Cops: Andrew Burrous, 9, Struck And Killed In Floral Park By Teen Getting Driving Lesson
FLORAL PARK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A 9-year-old boy, riding his bicycle on a sidewalk in Floral Park, was struck and killed Thursday by an out-of-control SUV operated by a teenager getting a driving lesson.
Police said the 16-year-old girl made a wide turn from Plainfield Avenue and drove up onto the sidewalk on Martha Terrace striking Andrew Burrous and his mother, 49-year-old Kathy Burrous around 6:20 p.m.
1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera reports: Mother Says The Accident Happened So Fast
Andrew, who loved playing soccer and Little League baseball, was taken to Long Island Jewish Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
His mother, who was struck while walking near her son with the family’s two dogs, was treated and released from the hospital.
Kathy Burrous told 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera that the accident happened so fast she was stunned.
“The car came from behind us and hit me on my left side, and went up on the sidewalk — hit him on the bicycle,” Burrous said. “I didn’t see what happened after that because the car spun me and I went down.”
WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports: Driver Not Expected To Be Charged
The teenage driver and her mother, who was in the front passenger seat giving her daughter a driving lesson, were not injured.
Police believe the driver, who had a learner’s permit, must’ve hit the gas pedal by mistake.
Burrous told 1010 WINS that she doesn’t understand why the mother was giving the teen a driving lesson in Floral Park in an area surrounded by houses and people.
“It’s not the place to do it,” Burrous said.
No charges have been filed.