An unlicensed Bronx driver who allegedly struck and killed a toddler sitting in her stroller was indicted on charges of criminally negligent homicide Tuesday.
Kier Boneparte, 22, was released on his own recognizance after the arraignment in Bronx Supreme Court. He was also charged with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, and other violations of the city's vehicle and traffic law.
The Bronx District Attorney's office said on September 17th, 2019 Boneparte was making a right turn at the corner of White Plains Road and East 215th Street in Williamsbridge when he lost control of the 2002 BMW SUV he was driving and jumped the curb, pinning 20-month-old Djeneba Magassa to a wall as she sat in her stroller.
Djeneba was taken to Montefiore Medical Center where she was pronounced dead of her injuries.
The DA said Boneparte fled the scene of the collision on foot, but was taken into custody by responding officers.
“The vehicle the defendant was driving jumped on a sidewalk where a mother had stopped to feed her daughter, who was in a stroller. The defendant’s actions caused the death of the baby," said Bronx DA Darcel Clark in a release. "My condolences to the mother who saw her child die in such a tragic way.”
Boneparte is due back in court March 31st.
According to news reports at the time, family member said Boneparte was in the process of studying for his learner's permit. His cousin told the Daily News, "He doesn’t know how to drive. If you leave the door open, the kid is going to want to learn to drive. He was learning to drive.”
"Accidents happen," Boneparte told reporters after his arraignment last September. "I’m sorry."
Boneparte faces up to 11 years in prison if convicted of criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene.