A 10-year-old Brooklyn Haredi girl was killed and her mother, nine months pregnant, was injured when they were hit by a minivan while crossing the street in the Borough Park neighborhood.

The mother, Sarah Friedman, was taken to the hospital, where she delivered a healthy baby girl — her fifth child — on Tuesday night. She reportedly was in an induced coma and did not know as of Wednesday afternoon that her daughter Blima had died. The funeral was held Wednesday.

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Friedman and Blima were pinned under the van. The mother reportedly called continually to her daughter and to passers-by to see how Blima was doing, according to local news reports.

The vehicle was driven by Bilal Ghumman, 22, an employee of a nearby valet service who had taken the car without the owner’s consent. A Breathalyzer test administered at the scene showed no alcohol in his system, police said.

Ghumman was charged with the unauthorized use of a vehicle without the owner’s consent and given a violation on an active warrant for a marijuana offense, the police said, according to newspaper reports.

It is the second tragedy to affect the family in recent years. During Hanukkah 2009, a fire broke out in the family’s home, severely burning a younger daughter who nearly died. Blima escaped the blaze.,

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22 COMMENTS

  1. "Hamakom Yinachem Etchem…" to the family.

    Shame on those commenting who have nothing to say about one family's personal tragedy, other than baseless declarations about this accident being an antisemitic act. Not every story requires a childish comment about “yidden vs goyim”.

    Of course, it is not unreasonable—especially with what’s been going on these days—to wonder about the driver. But unless aditional information emerges, such useless thoughts should be kept to ourselves—especially, since, if we’re fair & honest (as we’re supposed to be)—in this case, at this time, they’re based on absolutely nothing but a foreign-sounding last name.

    Certainly, some expression of condolence is in order, before proceeding to the presumptuous declarations about an incident one personally knows nothing about.

    The only proper comment at this time is an expression of sympathy for the family.

  2. There should be an investigation. Was this a jihad action as we've seen before or simply a terrible accident? If the driver has a Facebook page and/or a computer they should be scrutinized. Are the police or feds planning on doing this? If not, why not?

  3. The article leaves out a very important fact. This unfortunate woman chose to disobey the law and cross in the middle of the block. Why, oh why, do people cross mid-block??? And with a child! You see frum people doing this constantly.
    I’ve come close to hitting Jews doing this and I’m no anti-Semite AND a careful driver.

  4. The article leaves out a very important fact. This unfortunate woman chose to disobey the law and cross in the middle of the block. Why, oh why, do people cross mid-block??? And with a child! You see frum people doing this constantly.
    I’ve come close to hitting Jews doing this and I’m no anti-Semite AND a careful driver.

  5. there should be a re-testing of all boor park residences most of them can't ride a tricycle much less a car…. they either speed or drive like they are trying to speed walk in a geriatric ward .

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