NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Two children and a man were struck — and one of the children later died — when a vehicle crashed into a restaurant late Thursday afternoon in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx.
The Mercedes Benz sport-utility vehicle struck the front of a Kennedy’s Chicken and Sandwiches at 3725 Westchester Ave. around 5:45 p.m., police said.
Two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 5-year-old girl, were seated inside the restaurant with their 34-year-old father at the time, police said. All were struck by the vehicle when it jumped the curb in reverse, police said.
When the SUV came crashing toward them, the young boy and his sister had no time to react, witnesses told CBS2’s Matt Kozar.
“I heard like a boom, and I turned around and saw everybody yelling and running,” said witness Gianluca DeSieno.
Cellphone video showed first responders working on one of the children on the sidewalk.
“It was a horrible moment in my life, and I will remember it forever,” said Shah Mohammad, the owner of the Kennedy’s Chicken and Sandwiches.