A 4-year-old child died after a stolen two-wheeler scooter crashed with his father in the Bronx over the weekend, according to the New York Police Department.
The boy’s father, Mario Rosario Sr., 24, was driving south on Bailey Avenue when the scooter collided with a white Toyota sedan as both vehicles made a turn at 193 Street around 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, August 14. , police said in a news release.
The scooter then hit a curb, causing the man and his younger son to fall to the ground. Officials said the boy was not wearing a helmet and had suffered serious head injuries.
Neighbor Gebre Michel ran to help and saw the child on the ground, CBS New York reported. He recalled the sad scene and the “gut-wrench” cry of the father.
“I got down on my knees, I grabbed the baby, I put my head on his chest,” Mitchell told the news station. “He wasn’t moving. His heart was beating, but it was fading.”
Police said the boy, identified as Mario Rosario Jr., was taken to St. Barnabas Hospital where he died.
Officials said the child’s father and the driver remained at the scene during the investigation into the accident.
According to the NYPD, Mario Rosario Sr. was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal possession of stolen property.
Police said the driver of the white Toyota sedan was charged with driving on a suspended license. it was On the way homeLess than a block away, when the accident happened, the New York Daily News reported.
According to the newspaper, the brother-in-law of the driver, who also arrived at the scene, said that the child’s father was very upset and “crying, banging the car”.
“I have that image stuck in my head, seeing the baby lying there,” the brother-in-law told the Daily News. “We all have to do therapy after this. It’s such a terrible tragedy.”
The crash remains under investigation.