NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The driver accused of leaving the scene after hitting an 11-year-old boy on a bike was behind bars Tuesday.
The video of the hit-and-run is difficult to watch. Richard Glanville was riding his bike at the intersection of Healy Avenue and Dickens Street in Queens when a car slammed into him so hard he flew up into the air.
Glanville slid on the pavement and came to a stop in the middle of the road near his bike. He had just turned on to Dickens Street from Healy Avenue when he was hit, police said.
“It’s heartbreaking,” Richard’s Mother, Kahvene Glanville, told CBS2 in an exclusive interview. “Really, really, really heartbreaking.”
Neighbors said they heard the commotion around 7:40 p.m. on Monday and ran outside to help. Kahvene received a call around the same time, shortly after her little boy’s summer bike ride came to a sudden and violent end.
“I was home and he had literally just left off the block five minutes ago,” Kahvene recalled. “They called my phone, he said my son had been hit. They gave me an address and I ran out the house immediately.”
Investigators immediately began their search after driver of the black four-door sedan allegedly left the child behind, simply driving off. The young boy struggled on the street before medics arrived to transport him to Long Island Jewish Hospital. Kahvene says her son doesn’t remember anything from the crash itself, only riding in the ambulance.
The driver was nowhere to be found until police sources say the car in question was discovered with its windshield shattered on Bay 28 and Sunnyside Streets, just a few blocks away from the collision. Shortly after, investigators say 41-year-old Agostinho Sinclair, of Queens, was arrested on multiple charges including reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.
Glanville’s grandmother let the suspect know he had just celebrated a special day.
“It was his eleventh birthday you should have stopped,” she shouted at Sinclair outside an NYPD precinct.
The concerned mom says Richard was still in a lot of pain late Tuesday. Doctors continued running some tests, but say he’s expected to make a full recovery despite the harrowing ordeal.