Driver Who Allegedly Struck Boy Hit With Multiple Charges

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) –A driver was hit with serious charges Saturday, after a crash that left a 2-year-old boy dead in Queens.

Around 9:50 p.m. Friday, police were dispatched to the corner of Junction and Northern boulevards in Jackson Heights, Queens, for a call of a child struck by a vehicle.

Police learned that a white sport-utility vehicle had slammed into Jaied Gigueroa, 2, as he crossed from the west side of Junction Boulevard to the east with his 23-year-old mother.

The SUV driver stopped and took the boy and his mother to Booth Memorial Hospital, where the boy was pronounced dead, police said.

Afterward, police arrested the driver, a 35-year-old man. His vehicle was a 2011 Acura MDX, police said.

The driver, Gilbert Echeverria of Queens, was later charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and driving while intoxicated, police said.

No charges had been issued as of Saturday morning.

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