NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A pregnant woman was fatally struck by a private snow plow in Brooklyn, but doctors were able to save her baby.
The incident happened in the parking lot of Fei Long Market on Eighth Avenue near 63rd Street in Bay Ridge around 10:45 a.m. Thursday.
The 36-year-old woman identified by police as Min Lin, who was eight months pregnant, had just finished shopping with her husband and was loading groceries into the back of their car when she was struck, CBS 2’s Alice Gainer reported.
According to police, the bobcat plow was being driven in reverse by a 42-year-old man. The driver remained at the scene, police said.
Lin was rushed to Maimonides Medical Center where doctors performed an emergency C-section, police said.
The baby boy — weighing 6 pounds, 6 ounces — is listed in critical but stable condition, Gainer reported.
Lin died at the hospital. Her husband was not injured.
While no arrest has been made, Linda Perez, who lives across the street, said she has complained about the plow operator in the past.
“That guy just drives crazy,” Perez told WCBS 880’s Marla Diamond. “I don’t even go across the street when he’s out ’cause he comes on the sidewalk.”
“I just said it two days ago, he’s gonna hurt somebody because he drives crazy.” Perez told Gainer. “And once I saw the police I said to my son ‘I bet you he hit somebody’ and then they came and told me and ‘I said I knew it.'”
One resident told 1010 WINS’ Glenn Schuck the parking lot has always seemed unsafe for pedestrians. “Most of the time people back in and out, I do get scared. Usually I just drop my mom and kids right at the entrance before I park the car.”
Lin lived with her husband and their 5 1/2-year-old son just blocks away from the market. Neighbors were overcome with grief after hearing the news, Gainer reported.
Late Thursday afternoon, Lin’s silver car was still in its parking spot. Just feet away sat the bobcat with a plow attached.
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