EAST HARLEM, Manhattan — A 3-year-old boy died Monday after he was hit by a vehicle driven by a man who may have been on a suspended license in East Harlem, police said.
The boy and his mother were struck near 1st Avenue and East 116th Street at around 9:30 a.m., according to a police spokesperson.
The boy was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police.
Police said their preliminary investigation showed the child was in a stroller as he and his mother, 25, crossed 1st Avenue in the crosswalk.
A blue Ford F-250 driven by a 59-year-old man struck the mother and son as he made a left turn onto 1st Avenue, police said.
Witnesses say the toddler went under the truck and the driver kept going, possibly not realizing what happened at first.
Police said the driver initially left the scene, but then returned.
Hours after he was taken into custody for questioning, Jaime E. Sabogal was arrested on charges of aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care
The boy’s mother is in critical condition, according to officers.