Four children were among five people hurt when an Uber cab jumped a curb and crashed into a group of pedestrians in the Bronx near a school bus stop Wednesday morning, according to several reports. The accident occurred at Valentine Avenue and East 194th Street at around 8:30 a.m.
Two of the victims were critically injured, including 8-year-old Camila Heredia who broke her legs and pelvis, officials said. The injured girl was trapped under the vehicle and people nearby attempted to free her from the car. When firefighters arrived, they were able to get the girl out. The girl was undergoing surgery on Wednesday, according to a source.
Among the others injured were the girl’s mother, Gianerys Heredia, 33, and her 5-year-old son, Miguel. The boy suffered chest trauma as well as a broken leg. Gianerys suffered a head injury. Heredia’s third child, Mianerrys, 10, was pushed out of harm’s way by a good Samaritan, according to reports.
The Heredia family was taken to Jacobi Medical Center.
Officials said an 11-year-old boy and a 7-year-old girl were also hurt, but suffered less serious injuries, officials said. The 11-year-old suffered head trauma and was taken to Jacobi while the 7-year-old was treated for a minor ear abrasion and was treated at St. Barnabas Hospital.
The driver, Bialo Daillo, 57, stayed at the scene and was questioned by authorities. He told reporters that he tried to step on the break but the car would not stop. He has held a Taxi and Limousine Commission license since 1998. He was not working on the Uber platform when the crash occurred. The company has suspended him pending the investigation, an Uber spokesman said.
No charges have been made.