April 30, 2018 By Tara Law
An 86-year-old man who struck and killed a 9-year-old boy with his car as the child was crossing Northern Boulevard Saturday has been charged.
Juan B. Jimenez, a Morningside Heights resident, was driving his red Jeep Compass north on 70th Street around 1:23 p.m. when he turned left onto Northern Boulevard and struck dead Giovanni Ampuero, 9, who was crossing the street with his mother, Karen Manrique, police said.
Jimenez kept driving but was stopped a short distance away by a motorist before police arrived. He was charged with leaving the scene of an accident, failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care.
Emergency responders rushed Ampuero to Elmhurst General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
“My heart is broken into pieces,” Manrique wrote on Facebook yesterday.
Police are continuing to investigate the incident.
Terrible news that a 9 year old boy was struck on #NorthernBlvd today. @NYPD115Pct called in all cars to catch the #hitandrun driver, who hit them making a left into crosswalk. @mgdendekker there, and thx for supporting the family and community. pic.twitter.com/v9Ai4Aw0xm
— Make Queens Safer (@MakeQueensSafer) April 28, 2018