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Three Year Old Boy In Stroller Killed, Mother Injured By Driver In East Harlem


A three-year-old boy was fatally struck by a driver while crossing a street with his mother in East Harlem today.

Police say the incident happened around 9:35 a.m. today at the intersection of East 116th Street and First Avenue. The child, who has been identified as Bertin Dejesus, was in his stroller being pushed by his 25-year-old mother while they crossed eastbound on First Avenue in the crosswalk. A 59-year-old driver in a blue Ford F-250 was traveling eastbound on East 116th Street when he made a left turn onto First Avenue and struck the stroller and child.

Dejesus was pronounced dead at Metropolitan Hospital; his mother was treated for minor injuries there as well.

“I heard the lady crying and screaming,” witness Nathen Alahami, who works at nearby Family Deli and Grill and was unloading a truck when he saw the crash, told the Daily News. “The ambulance came and the cops came and ran with them into the ambulance…There was a lot of blood. She was holding the baby.” Marisol Medina, who works at the neighborhood Dunkin’ Donuts and had seen the mother and child moments before the incident, gave a similar account to the Post.

Police add that the driver, whose name has not been released, stayed at the scene and has been taken into custody; charges against him are pending. A witness said the driver initially kept going then stopped when someone flagged him down.

The Ford F-250 involved in the incident had received two camera-issued speeding tickets since September, according to How’s My Driving.

According to the Department of Transportation, there have been 199 traffic fatalities citywide so far in 2019 up to December 3rd—that number includes 102 pedestrians, 27 cyclists, 25 motorcyclists, and 45 motor vehicle occupants. This number leaves out at least two recent deaths in the past week, including today’s and the pedestrian fatally struck by an elderly driver in Downtown Brooklyn last week.

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