What to Know
- A toddler has died after a car jumped a curb in the Bronx Tuesday afternoon, police said
- Cop received a call just before 4 p.m. that a 1-year-old had been hit by a car along East 215th Street and White Plains Road in Olinville
- The driver of the white SUV remained at the scene. He was charged with reckless driving and driving without a license
A singular pink baby shoe was left on the street in the Bronx, right next to the stroller that was carrying a 1-year-old girl who died after being struck by an unlicensed driver, police said.
The NYPD says 22-year-old Kier Boneparte was heading north on White Plains Road near East 215th Street in the Olinville neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon when he lost control of his SUV and jumped a curb, pinning a stroller carrying 18-month-old Djeneba Magassa into the wall.
The child's mother, who witnessed everything, said she just stopped to talk briefly with some friends before the vehicle came crashing toward them. She flagged down a car nearby to bring her daughter to Montefiore Hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to police.
Boneparte had an ID on him but not a driver's license. He remained at the scene and told police he lost control of the vehicle while trying to make a right turn onto East 215th Street. He then smashed into another car before mounting the sidewalk, where the child was struck.
Police tested Boneparte for intoxication and took him into custody. They later charged him with reckless driving, driving without a license and failing to yield to pedestrian.
An investigation is ongoing as officers look for surveillance video to get a better idea of what happened leading up to the fatal crash.