By Steve Beck and Matt Rivers
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police say two children were injured, one critically, when they were struck by a car in Philadelphia Wednesday afternoon.
The incident happened shortly after 1 p.m. at Broad Street and Wyoming Avenue in the city’s Logan section.
According to investigators, a four-year-old male and two-year-old male were crossing the street when they were struck by a red Ford work wagon.
Eyewitness News was told their mother was crossing the street trying to get to a Rite Aid and was walking in the road with her three children.
Police say the mother chose not to use either of two crosswalks at either end of the block.
Her three children were with her as she walked into traffic. Two of them, a two-year-old and a four-year-old, darted out in front of her and that’s when they were struck by a van.
A neighbor, Rasheema White, says, “That’s really sad. I hope the child will be okay.”
Another neighbor, who didn’t want her face on camera, said she came out of her house right after the accident.
“I seen her on the ground holding her baby. She was giving him mouth-to-mouth.”
Police responded quickly and the two children were both taken to Einstein Medical Center, where they were transferred to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
Police say the mother and the third child were uninjured. The driver of the van remained on scene, talking to police. He is not expected to face any charges.
Meanwhile, others on the block questioned why a mother would walk her two children across a busy road like Broad Street, without being in a crosswalk.
Rasheema White says, “Especially when you coming across double streets like that. That’s not responsible. I don’t think that’s responsible.”
Investigators say the two-year-old suffered head trauma and is listed in critical condition. The four-year-old suffered a broken leg and is in stable condition.
Both males were initially taken by private cars to Albert Einstein Medical Center, but they were later transferred to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
The incident remains under investigation.