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Candy Truck Driver Kills Three-Year-Old Emur Shavkator in Bath Beach

5:30 PM EDT on May 2, 2019

The truck driver who killed Emur Shavkator was piloting this van. Video still: ABC 7 New York

A 61-year-old man was arrested after striking and killing a 3-year-old boy in a crosswalk in Bath Beach, police said.

Driver Johnny Gonzalez — whose vehicle was emblazoned with advertisements for Skittles and Starburst candies — struck the boy at around 12:45 p.m. while turning right onto Benson Avenue off of Bay 25th Street.

News reports said the boy, Emur Shavkator of Bath Beach, was riding a Razor scooter and accompanied by his mother, who also sustained injuries, at the moment of impact.

The mother, whose name was not released, attempted to pull her son out from under the vehicle, and started screaming when she realized he was unconscious, witnesses told ABC New York.

"The poor woman was in more agony I think than anyone I have ever experienced suffering in my life ever before," said David Mignano.

Shavkator and another person, believed to be the mom, were rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where the boy died.

Police charged Gonzalez with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care.

The truck is registered in New Jersey, but has still racked up plenty of violations in New York, according to the database. In all, there are 15 tickets on the truck, dating back to 2013, including two speeding tickets and one red-light ticket.

Since 2013, there have been 452 crashes, causing 139 injures and now five pedestrian or cyclist deaths on just the one-mile stretch of Benson Avenue from 20th to Stillwell avenues.

Mayor de Blasio shared his condolences on Twitter, ending with a pledge that he "won't rest until our streets are safe for every child."

It will be a long period of sleeplessness for the mayor. Overall, road fatalities are up 30 percent so far this year compared to the same period last year, police statistics show.

The mayor, of course, was later trolled on Twitter.

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