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Brooklyn, NY - Caught On Video: Wrong-Way Unlicensed Moped Driver Hits Midwood Jewish Girl Crossing Street; Mom Outraged

Published on: March 31, 2016 09:34 AM
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Brooklyn, NY - The mother of a Midwood girl who managed to escape serious injury after being struck by a delivery man on a moped driving the wrong way down a residential street on Friday is calling on lawmakers to get tough on business owners who hire drivers without checking their credentials and making sure they know the rules of the road.

Police told VIN News that the accident took place at 6:50 PM Friday afternoon.  The 9 year old girl was crossing the one way street in the middle of the block when she was struck by a moped traveling southbound on the one way street which is only open to northbound traffic.

A home surveillance camera shows the girl tumbling to the ground after being struck, jumping up within seconds and running back to the sidewalk to her mother who observed the entire incident.

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The driver of the moped was identified by police as 37 year old Changxin Zou of Chinatown. Zou, who did not have a driver’s license, was issued summonses for failure to present a driver’s license, operating an unregistered moped and operating an uninsured moped.  Zou’s moped was taken in by members of the 63rd Precinct in order to determine its legal ownership.

Zou was working as a deliveryman for a nearby restaurant according to CBS News.  He can be seen on home surveillance video wearing a helmet, with bags piled on the front of his moped.

Having seen that her daughter was relatively unharmed, the girl’s mother angrily ran out to the street to confront Zou who stopped after striking the girl.

“The next thing I know he’s getting on his moped and he tried to drive away,” she said.

The mother told Zou, “If you run away I’ll make sure the cops hunt you down.”

The mother of the girl, who asked not to be identified, called on lawmakers to crack down on restaurant owners, forcing them to ensure that their delivery people are properly trained before they take to the streets, noting that while her daughter only sustained minor scratches, others might be seriously injured.

“It’s wrong and your putting lives of children on the block and children who attend the school across the street, you’re putting their lives in jeopardy,” said the mother.


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 Mar 31, 2016 at 09:51 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

and he is an illegal but since we live in a "sanctuary city" thanks to de bozo and the communist Melissa mark viverito (who was honored by the COJO of Flatbush in which neighborhood this took place) he is free to continue his illegal activites.

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 10:23 AM Anonymous Says:

was the delivery man an illegal alien?

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 10:25 AM Anonymous Says:

Based on what I saw, this is mamesh a nes that the girl was not injured. I've seen these delivery guys drive recklessly on sidewalks. The cops should crack down on them.

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 10:29 AM Geulah Says:

BH, the girl was not badly hurt. The owner of the establishment should be held accountable. Regarding accountability do we act responsibly when people drive around cars on the service road to get to Ocean Pkwy and nearly hit pedestrians in the crosswalk, how about going in reverse on a one way street to avoid the garbage trucks? We are being watched too.

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 10:45 AM sissel613 Says:

So happy the child was not seriously injured--I know how the mother feels--I myself was nearly hit by one of these unlicensed mopeds who was delivering from somewhere---and he was going in the right direction--not only should the driver be fined, the store he works for should be fined as well.. They just drive along without a care--I see it all the time. I think that anything with a motor should require a license for the driver and license plates on the vehicle. And we won't even discuss how many of these drivers are here illegally and get paid off the books!

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 11:37 AM Tea Party Says:

I understand it may pose a danger but I would be cautious before adding on extra regulations to small businesses. At the end of the day stores will stop free deliveries and/ or will raise prices on all of us. Yes its a sad story. But is this prevalent? Or was this a one time incident that we are reacting too? Don't foregt there are thousands of these guys all over town. How many other reported incidents are there?

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 01:32 PM Wise-Guy Says:

I am more frightened/concerned with those Grocery-delivery-bikes!

They have a solid-metal frame, sharp corners, and in the front they are about the height of a toddler.

I cringe every time I see one of those irresponsible/reckless delivery guys zooming around the corner!

(If there would be a toddler playing/walking just around the corner, it would be a miracle if he doesn't get C"V a concussion or a broken bone or worse....
And adults too would be in the aforementioned danger.)

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 02:54 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Tea Party Says:

I understand it may pose a danger but I would be cautious before adding on extra regulations to small businesses. At the end of the day stores will stop free deliveries and/ or will raise prices on all of us. Yes its a sad story. But is this prevalent? Or was this a one time incident that we are reacting too? Don't foregt there are thousands of these guys all over town. How many other reported incidents are there?

Agreed......these heimeshe restaurants operate on very thin margins and provide a critical service by delivering food with Chassideshe hashgacha to homes where the mother simply doesn't have time to cook and most couldn't could good Chinese food anyway. The real answer is to educate the delivery persons on the rules of the road or to higher kollel yungerleit to deliver the food rather than some illegal immigrant from Chinatown.

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 04:51 PM Anonymous Says:

bicycle should also be required; got hit two when as a pedestrian and once while stop in traffic

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 12:05 PM Previously blamed drivers Says:

Just a few short years ago there was an accident on Avenue P which involved a frum car driver who accidentally hit a messenger riding a bike like this at night with no reflectors and violating all safety rules. While an accident can happen at any time and there are often multiple related causes it was interesting to note the vehement outcry on VIN. Aside from the comments criticizing the driver and her camera looks in the mug shot there was also an outcry against the father with comments addressed to him and his parental skills were obviously from people that knew nothing but had the need to comment. It was only after that incident that we all became aware of the dangers of these illegal alien delivery people who have not a care in the world other than endangering themselves, pedestrians and other motor vehicles and just because they're in a rush to do the delivery.

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 07:06 PM pbalaw Says:

וI don't live in Boro Park, that being said... The mother should of thought her daughter to to jaywalk and look both ways

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 07:40 PM Yaakov Says:

Are we forgetting about the fact that we must teach our children to not cross in middle of the street and to look both ways even though it is a one way street?

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 Mar 31, 2016 at 11:10 PM Nachum Says:

What about all of the Yidden who drive recklessly in the Midwood, Flatbush, and Borough Park areas? I've seen cars double parked, cars which back up an excessive distance to get to a parking spot, and cars which block fire hydrants, and driveways. What about motorists who deliberately drive through red lights, and fail to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic? What about frum motorists who show no derech eretz, and honk their horns at pedestrians who are legally crossing the street? What about motorists who deliberately cross a solid marked line in the street, and pass another car, in a residential area? What about the excessive honking of horns, in violation of the law? What about motorists who fail to yield to emergency vehicles? Not too long ago, in Borough Park, a Russian Jew who was 83 years old, attacked and beat the heck out of a 99 year old survivor of the Holocaust, breaking his nose. The Russian Jew was angry, because the older gentlemen told him not to block the driveway of a Doctor, who lived near Maimonides Hospital. The Russian was not remorseful; I doubt if he served any jail time, even though he was convicted of felonious assault.

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