NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 9-year-old girl was struck by a restaurant delivery man on a moped, going the wrong way on a one way street.
The accident has prompted the girl’s mother to call for change to prevent incidents like this one, which have been seen on streets around the city.
CBS2 was given exclusive home surveillance video of the girl preparing to cross the quiet street outside of her Midwood, Brooklyn home.
She checked for cars before she crossed, but was knocked to the ground by the moped. The girl survived with no more than two small scratches on her legs.
After getting up she walked towards her mother who saw the whole thing.
As CBS2’s Dave Carlin reported, another camera on the same house got an additional angle of the same accident.
“Thank God she got up right away,” the girl’s mother said.
The girl’s mother asked that family members not be identified.
“It’s nothing short of a miracle. When you watch that video I sent my husband is like she was born again in that day. It’s just a miracle she just got herself back up,” she said.
Once she knew her daughter was OK, the mother angrily confronted the moped driver.
“The next thing I know he’s getting on his moped and he tried to drive away,” she said, “If you run away I’ll make sure the cops hunt you down.”
The 38-year-old driver stayed and was surrounded by police and put in handcuffs.
The police report states that his moped was not registered and the driver is not insured.
The report also states that when an officer asked the restaurant delivery man for his driver’s license he did not have one. He was given a summons.
The mother wants the restaurant owners to be forced to train their employees about following the rules of the road.
“It’s wrong and you’re putting the lives of children on the block, in the street in jeopardy. I don’t care what the reason is. There’s no excuse for it,” she said.
She also wants beefed up enforcement, not just in her neighborhood, but across the city in places like 8th Ave where seeing wrong way bikes and mopeds is common.
She said something must be done because the next impact may not end as well. The next child may not be lucky enough to dodge death.