A 3-year-old boy crossing a street in East Harlem with his mom was killed Monday when a pickup truck struck his stroller in a crosswalk, cops said.
A Ford F-150 driven by a 59-year-old man hit Bertin DeJesus near First Avenue and 116th Street about 9:35 a.m., police said.
The child was pronounced dead at Metropolitan Hospital, where his mother was treated for minor injuries. It was unclear if she also was struck by the vehicle.
A worker at a neighborhood Dunkin’ Donuts said Bertin’s mom is a regular who stopped by moments before the tragic accident.
“She’s here every day, she ordered two bagels with cream cheese with her friend and hash browns for the baby this morning,” Marisol Medina, 51, told The Post. “They said goodbye to me. I said ‘Be careful’ in Spanish.”
A short time later, “everyone was screaming,” Medina said.
“When I came over to see, I saw her, she was on the floor holding the baby and screaming,” she said about the distraught mother, who was covered in blood and screaming, “Save my baby! Save my baby!”
”I was destroyed. Not only do I see her all the time, she is one of my closest customers. She always ordered medium coffee with sugar,” Medina said, adding that the woman’s leg was injured.
Medina said she doubts that the driver saw the woman crossing the street with her son.
The unidentified driver, who remained at the scene, was taken into custody. He had been heading east on 116th Street when he made a left onto northbound First Avenue.
Charges were pending against the driver, law enforcement sources told The Post.
The investigation is ongoing as police seek to find out who had the right of way.
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