“Mommy, the car is coming.”
Three-year-old Miriam Dansoko uttered the five words before she was tragically struck down while crossing a major thoroughfare in New York City’s South Bronx community Monday, just before 8 A.M. EST, reports the New York Daily News.
Rougui Kebe, Miriam’s mother, was only a few steps ahead before she turned around to witness what would ultimately be another heartbreak, notes the report.
“She was yelling, ‘Oh, my God! My baby! My baby!’” Will Velez, a 56-year-old super at a nearby building, told the News.
In a harrowing twist, Kebe was 9 months pregnant with Miriam when she watched her brother Ebrahim die after he was hit by a minivan just a few blocks away in 2012, the report says. Ebrahim, 4, was playing when he darted into traffic. Kebe said she tried to stop him before he was killed.
A 21-year-old man driving a Nissan Altima fatally struck little Miriam, according to the News. Witnesses told the news outlet that he swerved to avoid hitting Kebe, but did not see Miriam. Responders recall that the man stayed on the scene and was visibly distraught after, the report says.
First responders rushed Miriam to nearby Lincoln Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival, writes the News.
Kebe told the News that her daughter was an angel who loved school and Dora The Explorer.
“I’m going to miss her. I cannot do anything. I cannot bring her back. I’m just trying to be strong,” she said.