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 burrous 006 Cops: Andrew Burrous, 9, Struck And Killed In Floral Park By Teen Getting Driving Lesson

A memorial is seen where 9-year-old Andrew Burrous was struck and killed in Floral Park (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS

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.

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  • tom cip

    I’m a landscaper in the area and yesterday(08/03/11) I just turned on the accident block for the first time since the accident. I do feel for both families but that block is a very narrow block with hardly any room for a new driver to make a mistake. They should never have been practicing on such a busy tight block. Why not teach her in bellerose village where I learned to drive. Since I work in the street, I see it every day, new drivers trying to learn to drive in areas they have no business being? Along with their permits there should be suggested places to practice because not only are the students novices for the most part the instructors are novices at being teachers.

  • robert b

    I dont want to here how this girl and mother will have to live with this the rest of there lives…..the key word is live …there is a little boy who will never get that learners permit…an older brother that can’t teach his little brother the things a big brother teaches …..a mom that doesn’t see that smile that lights up her life….a cub scout pack that misses there friend that made them all laugh…..classmates and teachers that will miss the kid that would make them all smile….and a dad that can’t play ball with the sunshine of his life…..

  • bay255

    Really everyone!!!! OMG are you all kidding me, you are calling her mother fat , was busy eating or interest in her hair and nails, texting or talking on the phone. Some are blaming her. or you are calling the 16 year a drunk and drug addict. Really, is that what you all get out of this.. That little boy is dead!!! It was truly, truly an accident. And it could have been any one of you behind that wheel. And I am sure all of you who had negative comments, never ate in the car, texted,talked in the phone, shaved or did their makeup, or even better, how many of you have driven drunk or under the influence. Pleeese, be real everyone. That mother just lost her son… Focus on the family’s and the tragedy they are all going through. They all need support. You all should be ashamed of yourselfs. !!!!

  • 13 year old floral parker

    build a bridge and get over it— my town has lost a wonderful little boy today and dont need everyone arguing over it— how about you just say a prayer and hope this little soul goes to heaven like he should— it happened— all floral parkers can hope is that it stops happening so much to our tightly knit town— when someone’s child dies, everyone feels the loss

  • Elaine Yvette Cruz

    am soooo sorry for the loss of this little angel, andrew, my thoughts & Prayer’s goes out the’s so sad too hear about these thing’s.. may andrew R.I.P.


    Am So sorry for Your loss on your little angel Andrew..
    my thought’s & prayer’s goes out too the family.. may Andrew R.I.P.

  • KewTpie

    OMG to read this it happened too close to where I live, I will pray for you Andrew God bless you and your parents through this tough time..

  • Christine

    I grew up in Floral Park, went to FPBS, Alva T. Stanforth and then onto FPM. The only thing sadder than this tragic event are the negative comments posted here. Floral Park has always been a loving family community, don’t take that legacy away from those who built it by spewing hatred. May God Bless all the families involved, may He give them strength during this difficult time. May He give those of you who stand in judgement of this poor teenager and her mother Grace and Forgiveness….

    • Martha

      I totally agree with you, Christine.

  • Martha

    This is unspeakably sad. How I grieve for that poor child, his mother, the driver and her mother!

    It is not uncommon for a person to learn how to drive by being taught by a relative. I know it is not as safe as taking professional lessons, but I didn’t, many decades ago, take professional lessons and learned from an aunt.

    I do not blame anyone, just feel that a horrific lesson was learned only too late.

    (I grew up in Floral Park, not far from where this accident happened.)

  • xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Why wasn’t the girls father teaching her in a empty parking lot .Another case of a missing Baby’s father and this poor lady lost her son. Its not ok to go the black way see what happens

  • Kris H

    For all of you saying that practicing driving in a residential are is negligent…please keep something in mind. Those very streets are precisely where the students of Floral Park Memorial are taught to drive. And to criticize the fact that her mother was teaching her? I did take driver’s ed, but can say with confidence that everyone I know practiced driving with our parents. It’s a horrible thing that happened…but it was an accident. And to ignore this young driver as a victim (albeit on a lesser scale) as well, is just wrong.

    • Martha

      Good for you, Kris, good post. I agree with you.

  • Gerald Waldman

    @ Hate SUV’s AND Nema — It’s you 2 who are the idiots. The teenage female should have been taking lessons from a TRAINED driver’s ed instructor in a dual control vehicle (a car and NOT an SUV), but it isn’t the SUV’s fault. SUV’s are as safe as small cars if the driver knows what they are doing and does it. I put the blame squarely on the driver’s mother, who probably WAS trying to save the cost of a professional instuctor from a Driving School.

  • Nelly

    This stupid mother should pay big fine, and police should leave her without her driving license, and her daughter should never get one

  • carlrosen

    That’s just great. Now this young, female driver can get her license, start driving on every road, only to fill her SUV with 5 other teen girls where they will be madly texting their friends about what Justin Bieber did, and the car (SUV) will run into a wall and explode. Happens all the time.

  • carlrosen

    Let me guess. Driver and mom from India?

    • lucyvanpelt

      OMG! i told my husband what happened and he said the same thing!
      (we live close to that area)

  • Holly

    Sorry, but if you teach you child how to drive with an SUV you are, in fact, an idiot. They do not handle as well as smaller cars and have more and larger blind spots and take more distance to stop. After reading another article that states the girl punched the gas because she saw an on coming car in her rear-view mirror I figure she better be REAL distraught and her mother better feel even worse! It is good to know that having a learner’s permit does absolve you from any responsibility. “OOOPS! I’m new to this and didn’t know any better, not my fault!” I guess Long Island doesn’t have any rules about having to maintain control of your vehicle. I guess this woman’s right to teach her daughter to drive in too large a vehicle in to congested of an area overrides a little boy’s right to live… good to know.

  • Myamazingthree

    Maybe teenagers who have recently obtained learner permits should be required to take driving lessons from a professional.The instucter would have a brake on his side and if the driver should lose control the instucter would be able to hit the brake.Learning how to drive can be nerve racking for anybody,sometimes learning with your mom and dad can even make it more nerve racking.I think the girl paniced and the mother froze as well.In any case,a nine year old boy is gone and this girl will have to live with the fact that she caused his death.I have lived in this town for 6 years and can say through experiencs that this is a community that looks out for one another.We have lost far too may young ones in recent years.May God Bless Andrews Burrous family.I know that everybody in floal Park are thinking of you and praying for you.

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