Police: Mother, 2 children struck by car in West Orange

Posted: Updated:

A mother and her two small children are lucky to be alive after they were struck by a car while walking on a sidewalk in West Orange.

Rani Houlis tells News 12 New Jersey that hours later, she still feels panicked after watching the silver Honda ride up onto the sidewalk, striking the mother and her children.

"It was the scariest thing I've ever seen in my life. I still cannot believe that they were not killed on-site,” Houlis says.

David Mandelbaum also saw it happen.

"It just rolled through the red light and like in slow motion she just went across all traffic, jumped up the curb and the family was walking, I guess down Eagle Rock here,” he says.

West Orange police say the car, traveling west on Eagle Rock Avenue near the intersection of Forest Avenue, struck a mother with her 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son, who was in a stroller.

"The mother was thrown in the air. She had to be thrown straight up at least 5 to 7 feet and backward,” says Houlis. “The stroller was completely smushed together."

Houlis says that the mother was hysterical and that the 5-year-old was in shock.

"The two-year-old that was in the stroller. The stroller got folded up underneath the bumper, and it was a stroller where a car seat snaps into it, and the shell of that car seat protected that kid, because he was underneath the bumper practically, and then they pulled it out,” says Mandelbaum.

Police officers could be heard describing the injuries on the police radios.

"We got a complaint of pain to a leg and hip. We have a small child with abdominal pain. And the other child in the stroller, with a contusion to the head and some abdominal bruising,” an officer is heard saying.

"From watching it happen to seeing the actual victims, it was actually crazy that there was no blood and all you saw was hysterical crying,” says Houlis.

Police say the driver, mother and two children were taken to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police say that they believe that the driver had a medical emergency while behind the wheel.

  • New Jersey SlideshowsGalleriesMore>>

  • Your Oct. 16 storm photos

    Your Oct. 16 storm photos

    Storm photos Oct. 17Storm photos Oct. 17
    Storm photos Oct. 17Storm photos Oct. 17
    Heavy right and high winds swept through the tri-state area due to a large coast storm on the night of Oct. 16. Here are your photos from the storm.
    Heavy right and high winds swept through the tri-state area due to a large coast storm on the night of Oct. 16. Here are your photos from the storm.
  • Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    Yankees in the 2019 Playoffs

    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.New York Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia throws against the Houston Astros during the 10th inning in Game 2 of baseball's American League Championship Series Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Houston.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
    Photos on the field of the New York Yankees in the 2019 American League Division Series vs. the Minnesota Twins.
  • Guide: New Jersey Breweries

    Guide: New Jersey Breweries

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the state for beer-lovers to visit. Check out our list for breweries in your area. 

    Looking to check out brewery this summer? There are many breweries across the state for beer-lovers to visit. Check out our list for breweries in your area. 

sorry to interrupt
your first 20 are free
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please enjoy 20 complimentary views of articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.
you have reached your 20 view limit
Access to News 12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Spectrum Networks® and Service ElectricSM customers.
Please login or create an account to continue enjoying News12.
Our sign-up page is undergoing maintenance and is not currently available. However, you will be given direct access to news12.com while we complete our upgrade.
When we are back up and running you will be prompted at that time to complete your sign in. Until then, enjoy the local news, weather, traffic and more that's "as local as local news gets."