NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A 17-year-old boy was charged after his sport-utility vehicle crashed into a grandmother and a little girl on the Upper West Side on Tuesday morning, killing the child and leaving the woman seriously hurt.
As CBS 2’s John Slattery reported, Franklin Reyes of Manhattan was charged with manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter in connection with the crash that killed Ariel Russo and sent her grandmother to the hospital.
Paolo Russo, Ariel’s paternal grandfather, said the child was being walked to school when the accident happened around 8:20 a.m. at 97th Street and Amsterdam Avenue. The driver lost control of the Nissan SUV while making a left turn, police said.
The SUV jumped the curb and struck Russo and her 58-year-old grandmother, pinning them against the gate of a closed restaurant, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.
As WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell reported, flowers, prayer candles and teddy bears marked the spot where Russo was struck and killed. Local leaders and community members also held a moment of silence at the scene Tuesday night to mourn the loss of the little girl.
The girl was in pre-kindergarten at Holy Name School across the street.
“Her teacher is heartbroken and yet very, very courageous,” associate Pastor Larry Ford told Haskell.