According to NYPD, Johnny Gonzalez, 61, was driving a van advertising candy when it struck Emur Shavkator, 3, in a pedestrian crosswalk.
Emur Shavkator was ahead of his mother on a scooter heading into the crosswalk on Benson Avenue and Bay 25th Street when the van struck him, police said. The van, which advertises Starburst candies on one side and Skittles on the other, was making a right-hand turn when it crashed into Emur Shavkator, just blocks away from his home.
Emur Shavkator was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.
City Has ‘Known For Years’ That The Intersection Is Dangerous
City Coucilmember Mark Treyger released a statement following the accident, calling for traffic calming measures at the intersection of Benson Ave and Bay 25th Street, amNY reported.
“We are still waiting for further details from the precinct, but we have known for years that drivers regularly disregard this stop sign,” Treyger said. “There is a moral urgency to street safety improvements that, regrettably, does not seem to be captured in the data points collected during traffic studies.”
Police said Gonzalez is charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care.
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