Nanny dies from injuries after saving toddler from truck

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A nanny has died after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street with a child in her care.

On December 20, Arcellie Celi Muschamp was crossing the street in Brooklyn with Rowan, a child she cared for, when she was hit by a vehicle.

On a GoFundMe set up by Rowan's parents, they explained Ms Muschamp was taken to New York-Presbyterian Brooklyn Methodist Hospital.

"Our son Rowan was amazingly unscathed in the incident," the parents said.

"Based on eyewitness accounts Celi helped save him from almost-certain serious injury or death by pushing his stroller out of harm's way as the vehicle approached."

Arcellie 'Celi' Muschamp died days after she saved the. life of the. one-year-old boy she looked after as a nanny. Source: GoFundMe
Arcellie 'Celi' Muschamp died days after she saved the life of the one-year-old boy she looked after as a nanny. Source: GoFundMe

The parents praised Ms Muschamp as a hero and said the GoFundMe was set up to help her family pay for the medical care and recovery.

However, the parents updated the GoFundMe to say Ms Muschamp had died on December 31.

"Sadly, Celi passed away yesterday as a result of her injuries," the family wrote on January 1.

"We are truly heartbroken by this loss of such a wonderful soul and know she is now watching down over us all.

"We have been humbled and overwhelmed by the amazing outpouring of love, support and kindness for Celi and her family."

Ms Muschamp's 22-year-old daughter, Rahzel Muschamp, told the New York Daily News her mother loved the children she cared for as a nanny.

“My mom was the most selfless person ever and that shows with her actions,” said said.

“She truly loved the kids she looked after her."

The New York Daily News, the driver who struck Ms Muschamp remained at the scene and was not charged.

However, Rahzel said she believed the driver should be criminally charged.

Arcellie 'Celi' Muschamp died days after she was struck by the vehicle. Source: Facebook/Tito Muschamp
Arcellie 'Celi' Muschamp died days after she was struck by the vehicle. Source: Facebook/Tito Muschamp

Ms Muschamp's brother, Tito, who lives in Belize, paid tribute to her on social media, following her death.

"Rip my sister, it’s hard not to cry for I love you so much you will be missed, you died a hero, we are so proud of you," he said.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer was among many people who hailed Ms Muschamp a "hero" on Twitter.

"She was brave, selflessly saving the life of a 1-year-old she cared for," he said.

"I’m praying for her family and her loved ones. And we will keep working to make our streets safer from traffic violence."

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