Ariel Russo was walking with her grandmother Katia Gutierez on June 4 when authorities said the SUV of a teenage driver being chased by police jumped the curb on Amsterdam Avenue.
Franklin Reyes, 17, kept his head down during Tuesday’s court appearance. The little girl’s father, Alan Russo, cried out “she was only 4, only 4,” while his wife Sophia sobbed at his side in the courtroom.
Investigators say 17-year-old Franklin Reyes was behind the wheel of an SUV, fleeing from police when he struck and killed Ariel Russo on June 4th.
Katia Gutierez was wheeled out on a stretcher from St. Luke’s Hospital on Wednesday. The fact that she was going home was a sign of progress, but the emotional setback she will face is almost unbearable.
The family of Ariel Russo, killed earlier this month by a vehicle trying to outrun police, was in court to demand justice for their daughter as the teenager accused of killing her appeared at arraignment.
Ariel Russo’s family blames her death on a bungled 911 call saying it delayed getting an ambulance to the scene.
Services for the child were held Sunday evening at the Leo F. Kearns funeral home in Queens. A vigil was held for the little girl Saturday night in front of her apartment building.
“Somebody made a mistake that was handling that call and we’re looking into it, we’ll find out what happened,” Fire Commissioner Sal Cassano said Friday.
The 17-year-old unlicensed driver accused of striking and killing a 4-year-old girl and injuring her grandmother on the Upper West Side was in court Wednesday night to answer to serious charges.
A 17-year-old boy has been charged, after his sport-utility vehicle crashed into a grandmother and a little girl on the Upper West Side – killing the child and leaving the woman seriously hurt.