PICTURED: New York City boy, 8, mowed down and killed in front of his horrified mother and brother ‘by 52-year-old driver who tried to jump a crosswalk – as suspect is perp walked

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Written By Maya Cantina
  • Bayron Palomin Arroyo was struck down with his brother, 10 in Queens on Wednesday
  • Jose Barcia, 52, hit the boys after swerving around a vehicle to make a hasty left turn, cops sadid
  • He is charged with manslaughter and driving at an unsafe speed among other charges 

An eight-year-old boy has been killed and his ten-year-old brother injured after an ‘impatient’ pick-up truck driver slammed into them at a New York crosswalk.

Bayron Palomin Arroyo was struck down with his sibling in Queens on Wednesday afternoon in front of their horrified mother, 37, who narrowly avoided being hit.

Police said Jose Barcia, 52,ploughed into the boys after swerving around another vehicle and failing to stop for the family as they crossed.

Arroyo was declared dead at the scene. His older brother was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital in stable condition with a wrist injury. 

‘I love him,’ Ruebn Hernandez the victims’ cousin Ruben Hernandez told ABC7. ‘Why would he drive too fast, I heard he took a turn too quick so why was he going max speed? It doesn’t make sense.’

Bayron Palomin Arroyo, 8, was struck down with his sibling in Queens on Wednesday

Jose Barcia, 52, has been charged with murdering Arroyo and severely injuring his brother in a horrific crash

Jose Barcia, 52, has been charged with murdering Arroyo and severely injuring his brother in a horrific crash

Police said Jose Barcia, 52,ploughed into the boys after swerving around another vehicle and failing to stop for the family as they crossed

Barcia kept his hood up and head low as he was perp walked out of the 115 Precinct on Thursday after being hit with manslaughter charges. 

He faces manslaughter charges among others. Police said he has been charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle four times in the past, twice in 2009 and twice in 2010. 

Arroyo and his brother were in the crosswalk at the intersection of 31st Avenue and 100th Street in East Elmhurst when they were hit by Barcia’s black 2005 Nissan Titan at around 4:15 p.m., cops said. 

He made a left turn immediately as the light turned green and hit the brothers after ‘failing to yield’, cops said.

‘The light turned green [and] he wouldn’t wait,’ Joel Villacis, who was in the vehicle ahead of Barcia, told the Daily News. ‘He crossed over the yellow line, he turned and hit the people.’

His passenger, Tito Ramirez, added: ‘He just went over and hit the little boys. The mother was screaming. She went crazy. (Bayron) was on the ground with a lot of blood coming out of his head.

‘He was dead. There was nothing we could do. I still remember his glasses lying in the street. It was terrible.’

Yasmin Ortiz is a neighbor who would regularly see the boys walking to school. She was also one of the first on the scene.

‘They were always happy. They always said good morning. I’m in shock. My heart hurts for them.’ 

He has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, failure to yield, failure to exercise due car and driving at an unsafe speed

Arroyo and his brother were in the crosswalk at the intersection of 31st Avenue and 100th Street in East Elmhurst when they were hit by Barcia’s black 2005 Nissan Titan, cops said

'This incident, as tragic as it is, was avoidable,' NYPD’s Chief of Transportation Philip Rivera said at the press conference

‘This incident, as tragic as it is, was avoidable,’ NYPD’s Chief of Transportation Philip Rivera said at the press conference

Barcia remained at the scene and was first to call 911, police said.

He has been charged with criminally negligent homicide, failure to yield, failure to exercise due car and driving at an unsafe speed.

‘This incident, as tragic as it is, was avoidable,’ NYPD’s Chief of Transportation Philip Rivera said at the press conference. 

‘When making turns, especially left turns, you must always yield to vehicles and pedestrians.

‘Take an extra second, make sure the intersection of the crosswalk is clear before completing your turn,’ he continued.

‘Because of this poor decision, a family trying to enjoy a beautiful day will never be the same.’

State Senator Jessica Ramos sad the tragedy was evidence that pedestrian safety needs to be pivotal in the upcoming budget.

‘I was just notified that a 8 year old was struck and killed on 31st Ave and 100th St while walking with his brother, who is injured. We are waiting for more details,’ she said.

‘Making sure pedestrian safety is in this budget just became that much more personal.’

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