Driver charged after toddler struck, killed in Jackson Heights

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A driver was arrested on Friday after fatally striking a two-year-old boy with his SUV in Jackson Heights. THE COURIER/Graphic Image
A driver was arrested on Friday after fatally striking a two-year-old boy with his SUV in Jackson Heights.

A two-year-old boy is dead after being hit by an alleged drunk driver while crossing a Jackson Heights street with his mother.

According to police, on Friday night at approximately 9:50 p.m. Jaied Gigueroa was crossing the corner of Junction Boulevard and Northern Boulevard with his mother when a white 2011 Acura moving northbound on Junction Boulevard struck him. The 35-year-old driver then stopped and drove the toddler and his mother to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing where Jaied was pronounced dead.

The driver, Gilbert Echeverria, was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated, police said. 

 

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