A 7-year-old girl was killed and her mother was seriously injured today when an SUV hit the two on a Dorchester sidewalk. The SUV’s driver will face motor vehicle homicide and operating under the influence charges, Boston police said.
Police responded to 43 Olney St. at 2:15 p.m. and found the girl and woman suffering from injuries after being hit by the white SUV, police said.
The victims were transported to Boston Medical Center. The girl was pronounced dead at the hospital, police said. Boston Police Superintendent in Chief Daniel Linskey said the mother had suffered a significant leg injury.
Linskey told reporters at the scene that it appeared that Olivia Mora of Concord, N.H., the driver of the Chevrolet Suburban, had hit a vehicle on Geneva Avenue before making a turn onto Olney, where she drove at a high speed.
“She was flying,” said Linskey. The Suburban hit an Acura on the side of the street, hit the mother and child, then drove through a hydrant, and crashed into the front yard of a home, Linskey said.
The vehicle was still on the scene late this afternoon. It had New Hampshire plates and a logo on the back and side that said, “Media Soul.”
Mora, who was uninjured, was questioned this afternoon by the police and the district attorney’s office.
The mother and the child were coming from the direction of the Holland School. Linskey said police believed the mother had just picked her daughter up from the school.
“Our hearts are breaking for this young child’s family and this loss affects every one of us. We will have counselors on hand tomorrow at Holland Elementary to help our students, staff and school community cope, and we hope everyone will keep this family in their thoughts and prayers,” the Boston public schools said in a statement late this afternoon.
T.T. Brown, a neighbor who lives about a half-block from the scene, said she heard a loud bang and came out to see what it was — and was confronted by a horrific scene.
People were yelling at the driver, and a pair of bystanders prevented her from getting away. “It was a lot of chaos,” Brown said.
The mother tried to get to her baby but couldn’t because of arm and leg injuries, Brown said.
“She was trying to get to her baby, but she couldn’t move. She wasn’t saying anything. She was just trying to get to her baby,” Brown said.
Police asked anyone with information to call detectives at 617-343-4335.