5-year-old Latino boy killed in Queens: driver arrested three weeks later

Elmhurst Hospital, Queens, NYC.

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Xavier Carchipull was arrested on suspicion of fleeing after fatally running over 5-year-old Jonathan Martinez while walking with his father and brother in broad daylight on a Queens (NYC) street.

Carchipull, 40, was arrested around 6 am yesterday at his home on 33rd Street in Queens in connection with the crash that occurred on September 1, around 5:30 pm The suspect was charged with leaving the scene resulting in death, driving without a license, operating a motor vehicle without inspection, insurance, or registration, NYPD said.

The boy was struck by a 2018 Dodge Ram 1500 truck that turned onto McIntosh Street, East Elmhurst neighborhood. DailyNews public a video of the fatal accident.

Martinez was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital, but died from his serious head and torso injuriesremembered New York Post.

This year has been particularly disastrous on New York asphalt in the five boroughs. From January 1 to July 31, some 150 people died in road accidents, according to the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT).

In addition to gun violence, traffic accidents have been another big challenge for the new mayor, Eric Adams. This despite “Vision Zero” (Vision Zero), road safety plan created in 2014 by then-new Mayor Bill de Blasio, who promised to make the city safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists, with a goal of zero deaths by 2024.

New York City had already experienced in April a 35% increase in traffic accidents, NYPD alerted. At the end of that month there was a tragic streak at an average of one person killed by a run over every day.