Child, mother struck by car in Troy

Posted at: 03/27/2013 9:47 AM
Updated at: 03/27/2013 7:10 PM
By: Kumi Tucker

TROY – A little girl is in critical condition after she and her mother were struck by a car near the intersection of Hoosick and 10th streets Wednesday morning in Troy.

Police say 19-year-old Sarah Bingham of Troy was walking her four-year-old daughter Amy VanWert across Hoosick Street at the crosswalk when they were hit by a car going East on Hoosick.

They had just left the corner Stewart's.  Troy firefighter Jason Lucey happened to be there getting coffee on his way to work.

He just got his EMT certification six days ago.

"I went to the little girl. Somebody was actually doing CPR on her when I got there. They were doing chest compressions. I just took over from there. [What did you do?] I checked for a pulse. She had a pulse. I gave her breath because she wasn't breathing on her own," said Lucey.

Staff at the Stewart's was shaken and upset. The mother and daughter are described as nice people and regular customers.

"They come in every day," said employee Alicia Capano. "They get their coffee and an egg wrap and a little water for the little girl. I've only been here for a week and a half, and they've been here every day I've been here."

Police say the driver stopped immediately and stayed at the scene after the crash.

Hoosick is a busy road, and the crash happened at rush hour.

Some pedestrians say this is a dangerous street to cross because the light doesn't last long and drivers don't pay attention.

Carmen Ortiz makes a point to walk up the street to cross Hoosick at another light at the Troy Plaza, especially when she's with her young grand-daughters. 

"I cross by here because down there by the light it's very busy, too many cars," said Ortiz. "It's a problem to cross the street."

Police say it is too early to talk about any possible charges in this case.  They are still investigating if the driver had a red or green light, and if there were other factors, including the angle of the sun Wednesday morning.