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