4-Year-Old Child Struck & Killed By Truck


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5:55PM EST: Tragedy has just struck the Williamsburg community, after a 4-year-old child was R”L struck and killed by a vehicle, Thursday afternoon.

Willamsburg Hatzolah was dispatched to frantic reports of a child who was struck by a truck on Heyward Street, just near Broadway. Unfortunately, there was nothing for Hatzolah Paramedics to do to save the life of the child, and were forced to pronounce him dead on the scene.

The NYPD Highway Division is responding for an accident investigation, and Misaskim volunteers are en route as well.

The truck which struck the child is still at the location.

No further information is being released pending proper family notifications.

Boruch Dayan Emmes…


  1. For every time a tragedy of this type happens, it could happen 10 times as much and doesnt, because of short stops. I just had an incident myself where a 2 year old little boy was in the street, while his older sister was supposedly watching him, but was coffee clutching with friends of her own. B”H I was able to stop in time. Most frum neighborhoods dont have sufficient playing areas, so kids end up in front of the houses, and when not properly watched, the kids end up in the street.

    I dont think any driver I know hasnt narrowly missed hitting a child in the street.

  2. When a tragedy of this magnitude hits klal yisroel there’s always three things that must be addressed. The first to be ‘mishtatef ‘in the pain of another yid – one cannot imagine what this family is going through. And second to strengthen our ‘emunah’ in H-shem and realize that after all is said, it only happened because that was the rotzoin of Hashem and that everything Hashem does is for the good. And thirdly one has to be very careful not to speak negative or badly about Hashem that how could he to this or even to say every day another tragedy or what’s next, as if to imply that all is bad and all is wrong c”v. WHEN A PERSON IS A TRUE PERSON OF FAITH & TRUST IN HASHEM. HE GETS TO BE THE HAPPIEST PERSON IN THE WORLD. This is a nisayon for the parents in bitachon & emunah in hashem (just like aharon hakohen when his children died he was quiet & had faith in Hashem…). If its not possible for a person to pass a test from Hashem he is not given the test. Its a time like this that one has to remind oneself of all the ‘hatovah’ and all the chesed that H-shem does for all of us ALL the time.
    Every person has a job to fulfill in this world. now the child has done his job & is ready to go to the olam ha’emes (true world)& you two special people (parents) were the chosen agents of Hashem to take care of this child. May hashem reward you for this.& may his neshama have an aliyah & your lives be filled with only Simcha.

  3. While the above message was mostly for the parents

    people being Niftar at young ages or in strange ways R”L are all wake up calls to klal yisroel that we only care about ourselves, but when it comes to helping/caring for another yid then i cannot help you.
    with that being the case, each time tragedy strikes Hashem has the same question-for each person separately-now you have woken up, now you are crying at this baby’s levaya R”L but when we hear of someone else in tragic cases… we dont care. hashem then wants to know if we will wake up now to help others or do we need another tragic WAKE-UP call from hashem C”V-rigt here in this town-to care for one another?

  4. #7, while what you say is true, and we cannot question Hashem, we do at times cheat the malach hamaves and steal from him the opportunities to do his job.

    Hashem entrusts us with raising these little neshomas and WE can never be lax in this job. When we see such a tragedy we must double and triple our efforts to look at ways to prevent these types of tragedies. How did the child manage to go down between cars and into heavy traffic? Why was the child playing near a busy street? This is just unacceptable and when building in such a congested neighborhood, one MUST put the needs of the children at the top of the heap. Even if that means losing some apartments and losing some profit. Kids need an enclosed area to ride their bikes and be kids. Kids should never be allowed to ride their bikes near traffic, where they can veer off, or fall down between parked cars and into traffic, or they can chase a ball the same way.

    And I don’t know what the story was in this particular case, but 7 year olds can just not be expected to be watching 4 year olds and keep them out of danger. That is way too high an expectation of a 7 year old or anyone under teenage. We all see 7 year olds crossing 4 and 5 year olds on their way to school. We need to NOT take our children for granted and be more realistic about what is right and wrong.