The victim’s heartbroken family revealed Sunday that a loving Brooklyn mother died defending her teenage son from a hit-and-run pickup truck driver who plowed into them on a Brooklyn street.
Rayquan Parker, Tamika Richards’ 18-year-old son, informed friends and family that brave Tamika Richards bravely stepped in front of him with only seconds to live and called for the vehicle to stop before absorbing the brunt of the fatal blow.
Family friend Zemaya Williams, 21, told the Daily News that when she spotted the truck coming, she moved before the man to protect him. She ultimately took the majority of the blow, thus.
Mother and son were on a trip to buy drinks for a visit just a few blocks from their Coney Island home.
Parker informed loved ones that the callous driver, who had not been apprehended, ran a red light.
Richards was taken by ambulance to Coney Island Hospital but could not be saved. Senior at John Dewey High School, her son was transferred to the Brooklyn campus of NYU Langone Hospital in stable condition, according to the police.
However, they said his diabetes had hampered his care, and he experienced periods of confusion between procedures.
According to his relatives, he had injuries to his hand, suspected rib fractures, a shattered pelvis that could impair his ability to walk, and other wounds.
Others responded, “We just need him to get better. The person says he’ll be fine, but it will take some time.