BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
A hit-and-run in Jackson Heights on April 28 claimed the life of a 9-year-old boy, police said.
Giovanni Ampuero, 9, was crossing the street at 70th Street and Northern Boulevard with his mother, Karen Manrique, at approximately 1:20 p.m., when Juan Jimenez, 86, allegedly struck both the boy and his mother before speeding off.
Jimenez allegedly came to a halt a few blocks away from the scene before being stopped by a cab driver who had witnessed the incident and followed Jimenez in an attempt to flag him down.
Ampuero suffered severe head and body trauma. He was rushed to Elmhurst Hospital Center, where he was pronounced dead.
According to police, Ampuero and Manrique had the right of way when Jimenez turned onto the street and struck them.
Jimenez was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on charges of fleeing the scene of an accident, failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care. He is being held on a $200,000 bond, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.
The Queens Tribune attempted to reach Ampuero’s family, but they requested privacy.