Driver In The Bronx Kills Child In Stroller
New York is a “no-fault” state when it comes to auto insurance. This means that drivers are required to carry a certain amount of personal injury and property insurance which will pay for damages no matter who is at fault. For those who decide to try and drive without insurance, New York has some stiff penalties. If caught, the driver will receive a citation and their driver’s license will be revoked for a period of one year. The fine for the citation is between $150 and $1,500 or 15 days in jail. In order to reinstate the license after the period of revocation, there is a civil penalty of $750 that must be paid to the DMV. If in an accident, the driver will be personally liable for compensating the damages and injuries caused.
The New York Times reports that a driver in the Bronx has been cited in an accident that killed a child in a stroller.
The accident happened last Wednesday when 22-year-old Kier Boneparte lost control of his car, jumped a curb, and pinned the child’s stroller against a brick wall.
According to New York Police, Boneparte was making a right turn on East 215th Street from White Plains Road when he lost control of his vehicle. He hit a parked car, jumped the curb, and struck Djeneba Magassa as her mother pushed her in her stroller.
She and her mother were rushed to Montefiore Medical Center. The child was pronounced dead on arrival. Her mother had minor injuries.
New York Police believed that Boneparte might have been intoxicated at the time of the accident, but blood tests have ruled that out. He has been charged with reckless driving, driving without a license or insurance, and failing to yield to a pedestrian.
He waited on the scene for police to arrive following the accident.