ELMHURST, Queens — The driver of the van who fatally struck a baby boy in Queens Friday morning has been arrested and charged, police said.
Armando Morales-Rodriguez, 44, was arrested Friday and charged with unlicensed operator.
Navraj Raju's mother, 35, and born in India, was pushing him in a stroller along Astoria Boulevard between 93rd and 92nd street around 10:20 a.m. when a white van struck the stroller, police said.
Morales-Rodriguez was driving the van was attempting to reverse out of a commercial driveway, according to police.
The 8-month-old baby was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and later pronounced dead.
Witnesses told PIX11 the mother and baby had just left a nearby deli with a dozen eggs when the mother stopped to fix the blanket on the stroller, stopping behind the van.
Morales-Rodriguez, a local mechanic, was driving the white van and remained on the scene.