Family, community mourn the death of 6-year-old girl
A vigil was held Thursday night in Dyker Heights to remember 6-year-old Hiromi Tami. The community joined the family, who is completely torn by what happened.
Tami was on her way home with her mother Tuesday night after spending time in the park. Police say a driver was driving recklessly and at one point drove into oncoming traffic on 12th Ave. The driver then made a left turn at the intersection of 67th street, hitting the little girl.
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams was at Thursday’s vigil and called what happened “horrific”.
“This is a problem we’ve been fighting for years and years and years,” says New York State Sen. Andrew Gounardes. “We should not be burying 6-year-old Tami.”
The community is calling for safer streets and harsher penalties.
New York State Assemblymember Mathylde Frontus agrees.
“If it takes hard rules to make sure that people are afraid to do this because they there is a high cost, that that’s what it’s going to take," says Frontus.
Police have charged Quihua Zhu with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and a slew of other charges.
Adams told News 12 that in the first six months of 2021, 124 people have died in traffic incidents.