Child Hit By Minivan

September 3, 2012 Updated Sep 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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September 3, 2012 Updated Sep 3, 2012 at 6:46 PM EDT


Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - A three year old was taken to Women and Children's Hospital after being struck by a minivan along what residents say is a dangerous stretch of road in South Buffalo.

Neighbors say the little girl is expected to recover, but they are not surprised this happened. Residents say the 400 block of S. Ogden Road is very dangerous, and worry it's just a matter of time before another child gets hurt.

Cheryl Keller witnessed the accident. She describes hearing "a boom. And I looked across the street and I seen the baby fly about five to ten feet, and her mother screaming and crying and panicking."

Keller says the little girl was across the street. The family was preparing for a trip to the zoo, when the 3-year-old darted across the street to chase after her mother.

Keller says "We ran out to her. There was another neighbor and we wrapped her up with a blanket. We wrapped her up, we kept her calm, just to keep her out of shock."

Neighbors tell Eyewitness News the child seemed okay -- crying and calling out for her mom before the ambulance arrived.

Police are not saying if the minivan was speeding, but residents say it brings to light how dangerous this stretch of road can be.

Keller says "we don't understand it. It's like they use it like it's a Thurway -- 50, 60 mile an hour. There was another accident with a motorcycle just last month right in front of my house."

Nate Borowicz, who lives down the street, explains "People are on their way home from work, they come off the Thruway and they want to beat the light."

Residents just want a little peace of mind on their street.

Borowicz says police "could patrol it. They could put a cop here on this street and writing up tickets they'd make a bundle of money." He believes something should be done to cut down on speeding.

Neighbors say it seems like they see accident after accident.

In an area full of kids, they're worried it will happen again.

Police say no charges have been filed against the driver of the minivan, but they are still investigating the accident.