A traveling nurse jumped into action when she encountered the 6-year-old girl who was fatally struck by a car in Brooklyn — desperately performing CPR as the child’s “traumatized” mother clung to her.
The child, Hiromi Tamy, was left unconscious and unresponsive when Qiuhua Zhu, 30, driving a black 2017 Lexus GX460, rammed into her around 8 p.m. Tuesday just outside her home at the intersection of 67th Street and 12th Avenue in Dyker Heights, authorities said.
Traveling vascular nurse Emery Rothman, 37, was on her way to a nursing home to see a patient when she pulled up to the scene around 8:20 p.m., she told The Post Wednesday afternoon.
She didn’t see the crash, but saw the tragic aftermath.
“I heard a mom screaming, and I parked my car on the sidewalk,” Rothman said. “I put my blinkers on.”
“I see a bunch of people outside,” she added. “The mom is sitting right here on the curb and holding a child filled with blood, barely breathing. I started CPR. I didn’t care about gloves or anything. I was pumping her chest.
“I talked to the mom and she didn’t want to let go. The mom didn’t want to let go and put her down for us to do CPR. The mom was traumatized. She was holding her child in her arms and on the sidewalk.”
In addition to performing CPR, Rothman also called 911 “just in case,” she said.
“I don’t know if someone else called 911,” Rothman said. “I had to start CPR right away.”
Responding officers found Hiromi unconscious and unresponsive, with severe head and body trauma.
EMS rushed her to Maimonides Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.
Zhu initially kept driving after the fatal crash, heading east on 67th Street, but then drove around the block and returned to the scene of the accident, cops said.
Zhu, of Sunset Park, was arrested on multiple charges, including manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, failure to yield to a pedestrian, causing injury, and failure to obey a traffic device, authorities said.
Meanwhile, Rothman said she is “traumatized” and never ended up seeing the patient she was meant to see Tuesday night.
“I have three kids at home and felt like it was my daughter,” she said, her voice shaking. “I saw the little girl. I can’t.”
Now, Rothman said, she wants to seek out therapy.
“I keep seeing the image of the little girl in blood,” she said. “It’s very hard for me. She had blood all over her face, her neck, her chest. I couldn’t see where the blood was coming from.”
She still went to see a patient Wednesday, thinking, “it’s better for me to work to keep my mind off it than to stay at home,” she said.
She stopped at a vigil for Hiromi after work — where white and pink roses, a heart balloon and a little girl’s stuffed doll were placed near the scene.
Hiromi and her mother, Alicia, lived with a roommate — her mother’s friend Isabel Ajpacaja, 29, from Guatemala.
Ajpacaja told The Post she arrived in Brooklyn first, and her friend came to stay with her three years ago, bringing one child but leaving the other in Guatemala.
Hiromi, who was about to enter the first grade, had a scooter and always played in the park when her mom returned home from her house cleaning job.
“She just loved to go to the park in the summer,” Ajpacaja said in Spanish through an interpreter. “Her mother would take her to the park. That was their routine. She’d get home, get the child and took her to the park.”
“She was very wise, very smart.”
Isabel’s son Cristian Ajpacaja, 10, held his head down and looked sad as he called Hiromi his “best friend.”
“We used to play together,” he said. “I’m going to miss her. I am going to miss her playing with my little sister. They had fun.”
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