A toddler was crushed and killed beneath the wheels of a pickup truck as her heartbroken mother looked on in horror in Queens Thursday, police and witnesses said.
The young mom was pushing the 1-year-old girl in a pink stroller across 23rd Ave. in Elmhurst around 8:40 p.m. when tragedy struck in the form of a white Dodge Ram.
The driver of the truck was making a right turn from 94th St. when he slammed into the buggy.
“He rolled right over the front of the stroller,” said Philip Walker, 39. “She was screaming and he still didn’t even see her, he didn’t see anything.
“She was screaming, ‘You hit my baby, my baby, my baby!’ She just reached underneath the car, the stroller had come completely underneath the wheel,” Walker added.
A pair of NYPD officers who happened to be nearby rushed the traumatized mother and child in their unmarked car to Elmhurst Hospital, where the baby died.
Reese Fluellen, 30, had just said hello to the woman as he passed her in the crosswalk when he heard the sound of brakes screeching.
He ran back to the truck and tried to help free the little girl from the broken and buckled stroller.
“Obvious cranial damage, a lot of blood on the face, she wasn’t responsive,” Fluellen said. “I was scared to touch her, she was in such bad shape.
“There was nothing we could’ve done,” he added.
Both Walker and Fluellen said the mom was on the phone at the time of the accident.
Leo Guerrero, 45, was in the car behind the truck.
He said they had a green signal — meaning the mother and child were walking with light.
But he didn’t think the driver ever saw the woman or the stroller.
Afterward, the man who had been behind the wheel of the pickup was beside himself with grief.
“He was getting out from the truck, he didn’t know what he hit,” Guerrero said. “He came out and said, ‘What happened?’ He thought it was the groceries that he hit.
“When he saw it was a baby, he went crazy,” he added.
The driver of truck remained on scene and no immediate charges were filed.