CHS STUDENT KILLED BY CAR
Sarah Parris, a ninth grader who attended the High School for Medical Professions on the Canarsie High School campus and looked forward to a nursing career, was pronounced dead at Brookdale Hospital shortly after she was struck by a white BMW on Rockaway Parkway, just south of Avenue J.
Mohamed Diakite, 35, of Philadelphia, who apparently lost control of his 1993 BMW that hit the teenager, was taken by ambulance to Brookdale where he was hospitalized and treated for trauma.
Accident investigators told the Daily News that a bus in the southbound left lane stopped to let Parris cross in front of it when Diakite, traveling south in the right lane, didn’t see the student until it was too late.
Police said the BMW was not speeding and the driver had not been drinking, therefore no criminal charges were filed against him.
According to a police accident report, Parris and a friend crossed the busy thoroughfare in the middle of the block when a school bus stopped to allow them to proceed. The BMW was traveling southbound when it passed the bus and hit the coed, who sustained severe head injuries. The vehicle, with Pennsylvania plates, then crashed into a parked car.
The victim’s 14-year-old friend told the New York Post it appeared the driver lost control after he ignored the school bus, which she said had its stop sign displayed before hitting her friend “…hard then she flew in the air and went down.”
Hours after the accident, streaks of blood remained on the roadway just north of the high school.
After the teen was hit, police said her body apparently flew up in the air and landed on the vehicle’s front windshield with enough of an impact to shatter it. The vehicle then started a chain reaction as it hit the rear of a 2006 Nissan sedan that rammed a 2009 Nissan in front of it, which hit a third parked car, a 2000 Plymouth. All three parked vehicles sustained body damage.
City Councilman Charles Barron, whose district encompasses the area where the accident occurred, said that perhaps “something positive” would come out of this tragedy.
“Maybe speed bumps in front of every school,” he told the Post, “to slow drivers down.”
One woman, whose parked car was damaged in the accident’s chain reaction, said, “Drivers are always speeding along Rockaway Parkway. They should slow down near a school.”
Parris’ classmates were shocked when they learned she was killed. Some remembered her as “sweet” and always smiling. A moment of silence was held Monday morning after classes started.
Parris’ funeral is scheduled for tomorrow (Friday) at the Christian Cultural Center on Flatlands Avenue east of Canarsie.