Jan. 7, 2019 By Kristen Torres
A 10-year-old boy is dead and his mother injured after a Dept. of Sanitation garbage truck hit them as they were crossing a Corona street by the LeFrak City apartments this morning, according to police.
Police said the boy was crossing 57th Avenue near 97th Street with his mother, 40, around 7 a.m. when they were hit. The truck was exiting a commercial driveway and made a right turn going eastbound on 57th Avenue when it struck the pair, police said.
The two were taken to Elmhurst Hospital where the child was pronounced dead a few hours later. His mother is expected to survive.
“We take this tragedy extremely seriously and the collision is currently under investigation,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Sanitation.
No charges have been filed and the investigation is still ongoing, according to police. The driver remained on the scene.
The boy was the 18th pedestrian killed in New York City in the past 30 days, according to Transportation Alternatives, an advocacy group that wants to reduce the number of cars on the road by promoting cycling, walking and mass transit.
“Tragedies like these are not accidents, but predictable and preventable results of policies that prioritize moving traffic ahead of protecting people,” according to the advocacy group.
Transportation Alternatives is calling on the City Council to pass–and the mayor to sign–a bill dubbed the Reckless Driver Accountability Act. The bill aims to remove habitual reckless drivers from the streets by impounding their vehicles.
Meanwhile, Council Member Francisco Moya, Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry and the LeFrak City Tenants Association will be holding a vigil at 6 p.m. Tuesday to honor the 10-year-old boy.