A 7-year-old girl was killed and her mother was seriously injured Tuesday when an out-of-control sport utility vehicle hit the two on a Dorchester sidewalk, Boston police said.
The driver of the vehicle, identified as Olivia Mora, 36, of Concord, N.H., will face charges of motor vehicle homicide and driving under the influence, police said.
The tragedy happened on Olney Street about 2:15 p.m., as the girl and her mother were walking from the direction of the Holland Elementary School, just a block away, according to police.
Mora was traveling at a high rate of speed — “She was flying,” police Superintendent in Chief Daniel Linskey told reporters at the scene — when she struck a parked Acura, continued onto the curb, knocked down a hydrant, struck the mother and daughter, and then crashed through a fence and into a dirt yard.
Horrific footage shot with an iPhone immediately after the accident shows the girl crumpled facedown in the dirt, next to the rear wheel of the white Chevrolet Suburban that Mora allegedly was driving.
The girl was wearing a purple winter coat and had a pink backpack, and a woman assisting her gently loosened a pink scarf from around the girl’s neck.
The mother was lying near the front driver’s side wheel, where she had been thrown into a fence.
Witnesses said she suffered severe injuries to her arms and legs, and was unable to speak, but kept trying to make her way to her child. In the footage, she can be seen reaching out, toward her daughter.
“She was trying to get to her baby, but she couldn’t move,” said T.T. Brown, who lives a half-block away and rushed to the scene.
“She wasn’t saying anything. She was just trying to get to her baby.”
Police say there are reports that Mora first hit a vehicle on Geneva Avenue before speeding down Olney Street, busy with young students at that time of day.
The Holland Elementary School, which serves students from kindergarten through fifth grade, gets out at 2 p.m., according to the school’s website.
Ibrantino Alves, 24, who lives at 43 Olney St., and owns the Acura heavily damaged in the initial collision, rushed outside when he heard the crash. He said the driver was dazed, and did not appear to know what was going on. He said the driver tried to back out, but the vehicle was stuck in the dirt. Had she been able to back out, Alves said, she would have run over the child again.
“Her whole reaction when she got out of the car was just dumbfounded,” Alves said.
“It took her a minute to process.”
The 7-year-old stopped breathing moments after the crash, according to Alves.
“I’ve never witnessed a little kid die in front of me,” he said.
“It’s an image you can’t get out of your head.”
The child was transported to Boston Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead, according to Linskey. He said the mother suffered serious injuries.
Witnesses said that Mora tried to leave on foot but was restrained by several people. Police said that Mora did not appear injured.
The SUV that Mora was allegedly driving had the words “Media Soul” stenciled on the side and back, in what appeared to be a corporate logo.
According to documents filed by Mora with the New Hampshire secretary of state’s office, Media Soul is a “guerilla marketing” business created in 2004. The address is listed as 26 S. Main St., Concord, N.H.
A few hours after the event, the Boston School Department issued a statement about the young girl’s death. “Our hearts are breaking for this young child’s family and this loss affects every one of us,” the statement read.
“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.”