Three children were killed by New York city motorists last week, including a 3-year-old hit by an alleged drunk driver in Queens Friday night. Hours earlier, a 64-year-old man was killed by a hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn.
Olvin Jahir Figueroa and his mother were struck at Junction Boulevard and Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights just before midnight Friday, according to reports. Figueroa was at least the fourth child to die in city traffic since September 26. At least nine kids aged 12 and under have been killed by NYC motorists in 2013, according to crash data compiled by Streetsblog.
Gilbert Echeverria, 35, struck Figueroa and his mother, Karina Osorio, with an Acura SUV as they were crossing the street. Echeverria removed the injured boy from the road and drove the victims to New York Hospital Queens, where Figueroa was pronounced dead. Osorio suffered a leg injury.
A family friend quoted by the Times Ledger said Figueroa was brought to the U.S. from Honduras earlier this year. “He liked to eat a lot,” said David Dobon. “He played with his friends all of the time.”
An anonymous source told the Post that Echeverria said he “had some shots and then ate some empanadas. I’m good.” According to court records, Echeverria was charged with driving while intoxicated, criminally negligent homicide, and a top charge of second degree vehicular manslaughter — a class D felony punishable by up to seven years in jail, and which also allows for no jail time, or probation.
Samuel Cohen-Eckstein, 12, was struck by the driver of a commercial van on Prospect Park West last Tuesday. A motorist making a left turn hit Allison Liao, 3, in Flushing on Sunday, October 6. No charges were filed for either crash.
At approximately 8:25 p.m. Friday, John Dozier was struck by the driver of a Chevrolet SUV as he was crossing Remsen Avenue near Avenue L in Canarsie, according to reports. The driver fled the scene.