Van Backs Out of Queens Driveway, Kills Baby in Stroller

A van backing up on a Queens street hit and killed a baby in a stroller, police say. 

The van was backing out of a driveway near Astoria Boulevard and 93rd Street in East Elmhurst when it hit the stroller, authorities said. 

Surveillance video shows the 8-month-old baby and his mother on the sidewalk moments before the stroller was hit. She had been carrying groceries back home from just five blocks away.

"I feel bad, the mother is crying, 'Too much, stop, stop,'" said Ali, a gas station clerk who watched in horror as the white van backed over the stroller. "The mother is crying, 'Stop the van, stop the van,' and the guy's not listening." 

The baby in the carriage, identified as Navraj Raju, was pronounced dead after being taken to Elmhurst Hospital. He was the younger of two children. 

The 44-year-old driver, Armando Morales-Rodriguez of Queens, was arrested on a charged of unlicensed operation, police said. It wasn't immediately clear if he had an attorney. 

Neighbors say the driver is a mechanic who works on cars in an alleyway where the van was backing out. 

"Where the van was backing out of, they work in there fixing their cars and stuff like that," said Carlos Lopez. "It's just a sad tragedy, an eight-month-old baby has been taken away in such a tragic accident." 

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