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The driver who fatally struck a 4-year-old boy and left one other baby in crucial situation after dropping them off at a Bensonhurst faculty final month has been arrested and charged, cops mentioned Thursday.
Police say the motorist — now recognized as 76-year-old Yehiel Guzi — drove the youngsters to a yeshiva on 67th Street close to twentieth Avenue at round 9:18 am on Jan. 4, and allow them to out of the blue van earlier than hitting the 2 youngsters and driving away, apparently with out noticing the crash.
Sources on the time mentioned the person returned to the scene after the yeshiva contacted him.
“The driver claims he didn’t know a child was killed,” space Councilmember Mark Treyger informed Brooklyn Paper following the incident. “This just doesn’t add up to me.”
First responders pronounced the youthful baby lifeless on the scene, whereas paramedics rushed the second 5-year-old sufferer for remedy at Maimonides Medical Center.
The youngsters’s faculty, Yeshiva Ok’Tana of Bensonhurst, is situated across the nook from PS 207 on twentieth Avenue. Neither road has a lowered pace restrict as a part of a School Slow Zone, in accordance with Department of Transportation records.
Guzi was arrested at round 8 am on Feb. 16 throughout the confines of the 62nd Precinct, the place the fatal crash occurred. He has been charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide, Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death, and Acting in a Manner Injurious to a Child Less Than 17 Years of Age.
The 4-year-old sufferer has since been recognized as Yoshi Balaban, of Staten Island. The different baby’s title has not been launched.
Balaban was remembered as “a cute kid,” the Staten Island Advance reported. “Every parent would wish to have a child like that.”