A mom who abandoned her baby after crashing her car through a gate into a Queens school claims she was being chased by another vehicle.
Malika George, 25, told WABC-7 she was trying to get away from another driver when she lost control at 93rd St. and 101st Ave. in Ozone Park about 6:30 p.m. She hit a light pole and then a gate around Elizabeth Blackwell Middle School.
She abandoned her smashed up vehicle and fled the crash scene, handing her 1-year-old girl to a startled stranger.
She claimed to WABC she was being pursued with another driver she had gotten into a fender-bender with when she crashed. “”He started to chase me, five blocks, six blocks,” she told the station before cops nabbed her.
“I’m passing the red light, he’s passing the red light behind me and I lost control, hit the school premises. His car is parked behind me and my daughter’s in the car seat, she looks fine. I turned to a lady I didn’t even know and said ‘Listen, can you hold my daughter for an hour?’ I’m going to go down, regardless, because I have no car insurance, no license, I’m young, I’m just trying to learn how to drive.”
George says she works for the Department of Homeless Services as a security guard. Her baby was uninjured.
“I miss my daughter so much and I would do anything in the world to get her back,” she said through tears to WABC. “I work two jobs and I have to have a car to get to work, to get home.”
Leonard Shoulders, 30, said George lived in his building until a few years ago. “She’s a anice lady. Shy. She’s a good family person,” he said. “She had girlfriends she would chill with. Just a regular girl. She’s respectful to everyone.”
He added, “She was just a regular teenager. I’ve never seen her messed up. Never seen her on drugs.”
Shoulders recalled a brief conversation with George years ago in which she said she was attending school at James Monroe High School, not too far away across the bridge over the Bronx River.
“We have different crowds. I’m a bit older. She’d say ‘hi,’ I’d say ‘hi, how are you doing.’ Once, she said ‘I’m working and going to school.’ I was hoping she was doing well.”