A two-year-old girl was struck and run over by a 2014 Ford Explorer on the pavement that crosses the entrance to the Stop-N-Shop on Forest Avenue in Port Richmond, the site of the former Pathmark Mall. This happened right in front of the Dunkin Donuts store at the corner.
Apparently, the child and her Mom had been eating pizza at Gino’s, and afterwards were walking on the sidewalk when the child was struck. It’s reported that the SUV had the right-of-way and the driver, a 69 year-old woman ,is not facing charges at this time.
EMS attended to the little girl at the scene, and she was later taken to Richmond University Medical Center (the former St. Vincent’s Hospital) where the young child was pronounced dead.
Traffic was diverted during the police investigation, and cars were going through the Stop-N-Shop parking lot and exiting on Barrett Avenue to get around the closed street, directed by NYC traffic enforcement officers.
There were people gathered on the sidewalk for quite some time, and many people were asking one another if the girl was going to be alright, and no one seemed to know.
The child was named Autumn Garrison, of Mariner’s Harbor, North Shore Staten Island. No information is available about memorial services at this time.
Please remember when exiting parking lots that your motor vehicle is crossing a pedestrian pathway! The sidewalk in these areas is shared between drivers and people on foot, and people may unexpectedly run in front of your motor vehicle, or do unexpected things.
Do go extra slow and remember that pedestrians have the right of way no matter what, and you should be courteous, anyway. Keep Staten Island safe.