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Argenis Rivas was arrested by the New York police on suspicion of hitting a 4-year-old boy with a motorcycle in a Queens park, leaving him seriously injured.
Rivas, 29, is member of the street gang “Trinitarios” and has six previous arrests, he highlighted New York Post. He was captured after someone gave the police a tip about a video by TikTok in which supposedly in Spanish he blamed the boy’s parents for the serious accident.
NYPD had been searching for days for the driver traveling in a “motorized two-wheeler” and struck the boy Jonathan Beauchamps in a parking lot near the boathouse Flushing Meadow Park, Sunday around 5:45 pm
Investigators said the driver was speeding between the cars just before hitting the minor and then he fled faster, he detailed Fox News.
The authorities yesterday accused Rivas of assault, reckless danger, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, acting injurious to a minor, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and without a license, and riding an unregistered motorcycle, said the NYPD.
With the impact, the boy was thrown into the air, suffering head trauma ankle fracture and bruising to the liver and lungs. He was being treated at Cohen’s Children’s Hospital.
The incident highlighted the growing problem of people driving illegal motorcycles, dirt bikes and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) on city streets and, in some cases, on sidewalks.
NYPD is offering $ 100 per tracks to remove and destroy illegal motorcycles from the streets. If you have information about this or other illegal vehicle cases, you can report it at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) and in Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). Also through the page crimestoppers.nypdonline.org or by text message to 274637 (CRIMES), followed by TIP577. All communications are strictly confidential.
The first half of 2021 closed as the deadliest on NYC asphalt since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office in 2014, according to a new report, despite his promise to reduce traffic fatalities to zero, with his “Vision Zero” program (Vision Zero) to make a city “safer for walkers.”
Since the pandemic, there are also more riders – delivery men and walkers – on the streets. The rental and purchase of motorcycles and bicycles has been experiencing a boom in the city for some time, and many of its users they disrespect the traffic lights and the direction of the roads and, in addition, they have taken the sidewalks, further threatening walkers.
— NYPD Transportation Bureau (@NYPDTransport) July 22, 2021
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— Blue Lives Matter (@RetiredNYCPD) July 22, 2021
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.