On Friday morning, an 11-year-old boy was fatally struck by a white dump truck in Queens. Victim Miguel Torres was walking to school to take a field trip to Grand Central Terminal when he was struck by the rear wheels of the truck while crossing the street at Northern Boulevard and 80th Street. Although Miguel had the crosswalk light when he was struck, the driver was only given a traffic summons. Now, Miguel's family is speaking out about the death: “They’re just giving him summonses,” the boy's aunt, Yolanda Ardezzone, told DNAInfo. “I think he should get more than summonses — jail time, so this won't happen to another child.”
The driver, whose identity hasn't been released, left the scene not knowing he hit the boy. Police were able to track him down, and determined there was no criminality. "It appeared the driver was unaware they struck someone," a spokeswoman confirmed to them. According to a police release, the investigation is still ongoing, but no charges have been filed yet.
Witnesses said the scene of the accident was gruesome: “It was so bad, when the ambulance guy came, he was crying,” Olga Gonzalez told the Post. “The car hit [Miguel] so hard his shoes came off. I just saw a little kid in the middle of the street, and I just started crying.”
Ardezzone told DNAInfo that Miguel was a caring boy who thought about others rather than himself: “He always told me I was his favorite aunt,” she said. “My brother had a heart attack not too long ago and all he cared about was how he was doing. He was good to everybody…we’re all devastated.” She added that his mother is sick from grief: “She's in bed,” she said. “She's screaming. She's really out of it.”
A vigil will be held for Miguel this afternoon at 5 p.m., at 80th Street and Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights.