NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Through the use of a translator, the family of the pregnant woman who was struck by an allegedly drunk off-duty FDNY firefighter in the Bronx says the woman and her premature baby girl are showing signs of improvement.
“Baby is now very nice, is good. And last night, she feel good now,” the neighbor said on behalf of the family.
As 1010 WINS’ Juliet Papa reported Friday, 42-year-old Mamtaz Begun was seven months pregnant when she was hit by a car driven by Sean Farrell, a lieutenant with the FDNY’s Battalion 16 in Harlem.
The accident happened at the intersection of White Plains Road and Westchester Avenue around 6 p.m. on Wednesday.
Begun was walking across the street with a 39-year-old friend when they were struck. She was on the way home from a doctor visit at the time of the accident, Papa reported.
Begun was rushed to Jacobi Medical Center, where the baby girl was delivered successfully.
Farrell remained at the scene of the accident, told officers he had drank two beers and refused to take a Breathalyzer test, police said. He was charged with DWI and refusing to take a breath test.
This is the second time the 10-year FDNY veteran is facing DWI charges. He was arrested four years ago after a dispute with a cabby. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in the case, Papa reported.
Farrell has been suspended for 30 days without pay, an FDNY spokeswoman said. Attorney information for him wasn’t immediately available.
Begun’s neighbor told Papa the family is pleased that Farrell has been arrested and charged.
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