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Mother and child hit while crossing Hoosick St.

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A mother and her child were injured this morning when they were struck by an SUV while crossing Hoosick Street in Troy. Our Erin Connolly has more on what city leaders are saying about this notoriously busy intersection.

TROY, N.Y. -- Shoes, a bag and a wallet. Just some of the evidence investigators are using to piece together Wednesday morning’s accident. Police say just before 8 a.m., Sarah Bingham, 19, of Troy, and her daughter, four-year-old Amy Vonwoert, left Stewart's and were crossing Hoosick Street at 10th Street. That's when they were hit by an SUV heading east on Hoosick Street.

Capt. Cooney of the Troy Police Department said, "Both victims were immediately treated by Troy fire and EMS. The fire department actually had to resuscitate the four-year-old at one point on the way to Albany Medical Center."

The driver, a 30-year-old man, remained on the scene and is cooperating with police as they determine if he was at fault for the accident. They have determined drugs and alcohol were not a factor. Witnesses at the scene tell police the driver had the right of way.

Capt Cooney said, "We have witnesses supporting that from their perspective, the light was green, but until our investigation determines exactly what it was, we certainly can't speak to that as a fact."

As we wait for the results of this investigation, the accident has some people talking about the safety of this particular intersection and Hoosick Street in general. It's a street traveled by 47,000 cars a day and the busiest in all of Troy.

Troy resident Gene Gravelle said, "I've seen kids get hit all the time on this road. It's just not right."

Try City Councilman Rodney Wiltshire said, "A lot of people at rush hour are not paying attention to pedestrians. They have to get where they have to go. So I'm not saying that happened in this scenario, but it does happen."

And Mayor Lou Rosamilia says in the wake of the accident, he has reached out to the state Department of Transportation to ask them to conduct a safety analysis.

Mayor Lou Rosamilia said, "Safety is a priority. It's one of the principal jobs as the mayor of the city for Troy is to provide safety for our residents."

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