An elderly woman allegedly blacked-out and ran her vehicle onto the sidewalk, knocking down a mother and child on Market Street today, May 5.
At the time of impact, the child was being pushed in a stroller, video footage from a nearby business place reveals. Reports are that an ambulance was summoned to the scene to transport the injured youngster to the hospital.
A passing motorist who videotaped the incident commented that the child appeared to be seriously injured. But, up to press time, our News Room was unable to get an update on his or her condition.
Several pedestrians ran to the assistance of the loudly weeping mother before a number of onlookers and sympathizers gathered at the location.
Police are investigating the accident. It is the third such incident to have take place in about three weeks, and the second in whichthedriver allegedly lost control of the vehicle after blacking out.
More than two weeks ago,in the Market Square, nine people were ploughed into by a van after the driver reportedly had a medical emergency. Several produce stalls were damaged, with vegetables and fruits left strewn across the roadside.
And in another recent incident only yards away, a woman crossing between two vehicles reportedly had her hip broken when one car accelerated, slamming her into the vehicle ahead.
The St. John’s Development Corporation and the Traffic Department have since announced that lower Market Street will be regulated, with vending being allowed on one side of the road only. This, they hope, will enhance the safety of pedestrians who are now forced to share the road with motorists.