BLOOMFIELD - A toddler has been killed and her mother injured after they were hit by a pickup truck while crossing the street in Bloomfield.
The accident happened at the intersection of Grove Street and Bloomfield Avenue Monday morning.
The victim has been identified as 2-year-old Navayha Baker. Her mother, Martina Baker, remains hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.
Police say the driver struck the two in the crosswalk as he made a left turn. No charges have been filed against the West Orange man.
Residents say the intersection is notorious for accidents. Lorenze Smith told News 12 New Jersey he and his son are lucky to be alive after they were hit by a car two days ago in the same location.
"We were about 5 feet from the curb, and a car went through the red light here," Smith says. "He hit both of us, knocked us to the ground. My son's got lacerations all through his legs."
Joe Oliveria owns the gas station at the corner and has for 30 years. He says he hears accidents every day.
His son, Chris Oliveria, agrees, and isn't shocked about what happened. "So many accidents happen every day. It was just a matter of time," he says.
Residents says school crossing guards help, but aren't enough and are calling for increased police presence and surveillance cameras in the area.