No Charges Filed Against Driver Who Hit 2-Year-Old Girl in Stroller

A little girl was rushed to the hospital after being struck by a car on Goffe Street in New Haven Wednesday evening, according to police, and the driver has not been charged because it does not appear he violated any traffic laws.

Police said a woman was pushing the child in a stroller near the intersection of Goffe Street and Broadway around 6 p.m. when they were struck by a passing driver. The 2-and-a-half-year-old little girl was thrown from the stroller, went up the air and landed on the pavement, according to police.

Officers were already in the area for an unrelated incident and immediately reacted.

A passing ambulance stopped and took  the girl to Yale-New Haven Hospital, where she was brought to the pediatric emergency department. She is in critical but stable condition.

The woman, who police said is "presumably" the girl's mother, was not injured in the crash.

A witness, who identified herself with her first name, Yarelas, described the terrifying moments.

“You just hear the loud thud and the screaming and they just ran over there," she said. "The paramedic was like ‘oh my god’. And then they took action.”

The driver of the car, a 52-year-old Woodstock man, pulled over, remained at the scene and has cooperated with investigators. 

The driver told police he had a green light at the time of the crash and tried to avoid the stroller when he saw it, police said. The crash did not happen in a marked crosswalk.

The man has not been charged. Police said there is nothing to suggest he was operating recklessly or violated any traffic laws.

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