Boy, 5, Among Three NYC Pedestrians Killed by Drivers This Weekend

Three New York City pedestrians, including a young child, were killed by motorists over the weekend. Two of the crashes were hit-and-runs.

Kyrillos Gendy was killed, and his mother and sister were injured, by a hit-and-run driver in Staten Island. A suspect was charged with leaving the scene of the crash, but not for killing Kyrillos or hurting his mom and sister, and was freed on bail.

At around 8:25 p.m. Friday, Kyrillos Gendy, 5, his mother and sister were struck by a hit-and-run driver in a Mercedes-Benz sedan in Dongan Hills. From the Times:

Just before he hit the family, at 8:25 p.m., the police said, the driver turned left out of the parking lot of the Diddle Dee Dairy and Deli at 1334 Richmond Road.

“Eyewitnesses say he did stop first, looked both ways,” Mr. [Adam] Gendy said, “and then hit all three of them in one shot.”

Kyrillos was killed. His sister, Gabriella, 7, and their mother, 35-year-old Erieny Thomas, were hospitalized and later released, reports said. On Saturday, John Sanjurjo, 33, accompanied by a lawyer, turned himself in to police, according to reports. From the Daily News:

Sanjurjo’s 2013 Mercedes-Benz 350 matched the vehicle description, including dents in the hood from the impact, a law enforcement source said.

The force of the impact sent Kyrillos flying through the air.

Bits of scattered food that Kyrillos’ family was carrying were found on the car, the source said.

According to reports and online court records, Sanjurjo was charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in injury. He is free on $50,000 bond. Kyrillos’ funeral was held Sunday.

The crash that killed Kyrillos Gendy and injured his mother and sister occurred in the 122nd Precinct, in the City Council district represented by James Oddo.

An unidentified male pedestrian was hit by a motorcyclist at Queens Boulevard and 44th Street at approximately 3:30 a.m. Sunday. The Daily News reports that the pedestrian, 50, was pronounced dead at the scene, and the motorcyclist was hospitalized in critical condition.

Unnamed sources told the Daily News the pedestrian was crossing against the light and “the motorcyclist is not considered at fault.” Though there is no indication that the victim was using an electronic device (which is not against the law while walking), WCBS quoted a local resident who said pedestrians shouldn’t use cellphones.

Sunday morning’s fatal crash occurred in the 108th Precinct, in the City Council district represented by Jimmy Van Bramer.

At around 2:00 this morning, 25-year-old Manuel Campoverde was hit by a man driving a black four-door sedan at Junction Boulevard and 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights, reports said. The motorist did not stop. Campoverde was pronounced dead at Elmhurst Hospital.

This morning’s fatal crash occurred in the 115th Precinct, in the City Council district represented by Julissa Ferreras.

At least 13 NYC pedestrians and cyclists have been killed by hit-and-run drivers in 2013, according to crash data compiled by Streetsblog.

  • Clarence

    Last night you could hear helicopters over Jackson Heights starting at about 2 am for about an hour. Was wondering why. Sadly, now I know.

  • As a father, this sickens me.

    Imagine if James Vacca’s Transportation committee had spent as much time preventing conditions that lead to the death of 5-year-olds as it did granting 5-minute grace periods to people parking their cars. Our city’s priorities are all messed up.

  • Alessandro Canale

    These deaths are the result of a society that is sick. The death of innocent children to traffic violence is absolutely despicable. It doesn’t matter how many laws get written or passed in the name of these angels until they are effected in full force. This lowlife wrecked another car a month ago and after mowing down an entire family is now out on bail, free to get behind the wheel of a car again, free to kill. What’s wrong with us, and why do we allow this to keep happening?!

  • Daniel Winks

    I don’t know, @ebb4035fe30f2d00466ce7ea0b9e7e07:disqus. It sickens me too. What truly sickens me most is that the supposed ‘benefit’ of cars, the one that supposedly makes these deaths the ‘cost of doing business’ is utterly false. On a societal level, cars bring NO benefit whatsoever. They don’t increase GDP, they don’t increase social or economic mobility, nothing. In order to provide a net increase, and have any positive benefit, cars need to have a ‘societal speed’ greater than walking.

    I’m not the only one who’s taken the time to analyze how much money and time go into cars, as a society. If one takes the total miles covered by our population, then divides that by the total time spent working to pay for the cars, the time spent working to pay for the gas, to pay for the tires, the maintenance, the oil wars, the pollution, global warming, sea level rise, increase storm damage as a result of global warming, lost wages due to premature death, the cost of health care for those injured by cars and those being treated for morbid obesity (which is pretty much impossible with active transport), the cost of all the roads, the maintenance of said roads, etc. If you add all the time our population works to pay for these things and add that to the total time spent driving, then divide the total miles driven by that number the result you get is just sickening, considering how many lives are lost.

    When all is said and done, the ‘societal benefit’ of cars is transporting people around at between 2 and 3 MPH. Yep. 2 MPH. I’m not missing a 0. It’s between 2 and 3, depending on how much some of the externalities are valuated at. Cars, because of their absurd costs, direct and indirect, provide transportation at an absurdly low speed.

    So, all these deaths. All these sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters that never come home, all dead for nothing. All so the auto/oil industry can make a bit more money, spend a bit of that on lobbyists and propaganda, and keep fooling the public into thinking their car is getting them anywhere faster than just fucking walking that same trip, and keep the politicians in their pocket, passing auto-centric laws and zoning regulations.

    It’d be ever so slightly more tolerable if these deaths were at least offset by auto transport providing a societal movement speed of something many times faster than walking, but it doesn’t. It’s just wasted lives, and you and I can keep shouting at the tops of our mountains, hopefully someone someday might listen.

  • Joe R.

    We need to spread these facts about cars to as many people as possible. I’ve been posting on this site for a few years, and thanks to you I’ve only recently been made aware of how hopelessly slow cars really are once you account for everything. Doubtless very few of the general public are aware of this. Spread the word far and wide. I plan to. The sooner people realize cars are really no better than walking (and slow walking I might add because I walk at about 4.5 mph), the sooner we’ll take steps to reduce their dominance, along with the massive problems they cause.

  • Daniel Winks

    I’m far from the first person to work on this concept. Ivan Illich did work on this subject years ago. At that time, he worked out that cars provided a societal benefit of travel at just 3.7 MPH. When he did these calculations, the cost of health care was dramatically lower, the amount of health issues caused by cars was less understood, so many things that were health issues that we know now to be caused by car usage weren’t counted. Other massive costs such as climate change effects, rising sea levels, etc were also not counted or counted at a much lower dollar figure when he did his work.

    I’ve tried to build on what he’s done, and I’ve come up with about 3 MPH overall speed, which includes a lot of driving done in rural areas, on long interstate trips, etc. If you take the 3 MPH figure and remove all the ‘high speed’ miles, such as rural driving and interstate trips, the ‘real speed’ of a car in the city is even lower, probably close to 2 MPH.

    See here for a starting point on Ivan Illich: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivan_Illich#Concepts

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