MASTIC BEACH, New York — A Mastic family is outraged after their 8-year-old girl was hit by a car while riding her bike and the driver was not charged.
The incident caught on video shows Zhion Brown Parks get hit by a car, sending her bike flying.
She limps away crying and calls for her mom.
“She left my daughter there. My baby was screaming for me,” Nicole Smith, Zhion’s mother said in a press release Tuesday to protest the lack of charges filed.
According to Suffolk County Police, a woman driving a 2017 Honda Accord struck a female bicyclist at the intersection of Orchid Drive and Cedar Road East in Mastic Beach at 7pm on September 20.
The bicyclist left the scene shortly thereafter, police said.
The driver of the vehicle reported the accident to the police at 7:08pm from another location in “close proximity” to the scene, police said.
The driver described what had happened and “stated that the bicyclist said she was uninjured and left the scene with another child,” police said. Police canvassed the area looking for the child but couldn’t locate her, police said.
The girl, 8, and her family filed a report referencing the incident on September 22, saying that the child was injured and requesting that the driver be arrested for leaving the scene of the crash, police said.
“Following an investigation by Seventh Precinct crime section officers, it was determined the woman reported the incident within the requirements of the law,” police said.