5-Year-Old Child Killed In Queens During Fatal Hit-And-Run


Queens boy, 5, killed in hit-and-run mourned by family and neighbors as police negotiate driver’s surrender – New York Daily News

Jonathan Martinez was crossing the street with his father and two siblings when a Dodge Ram plowed into them without stopping.

The 5-year-old boy was killed by the hit-and-run driver in Queens Thursday. He was rushed to a hospital with severe head and torso trauma, and was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The driver did not stop, but authorities say the distinctive vehicle is known in the neighborhood. A memorial has been set up for the boy.

Police have recovered video that suggests the driver didn’t violate any traffic laws leading up to the crash. However, after the crash occurred, he sped up and drove away. The father of the young boy attempted to run after the driver and get him to stop, but it made no impact on the driver.

The father was holding the hands of his children when the driver hit boy and just kept going. The two other children were devastated seeing their brother lying in the street bleeding and not moving.

The father of Jonathan Martinez says his heart is broken without his son, who was killed while walking in the street. He wants the driver to come forward and say sorry, and the family has started a GoFundMe page to help pay for his funeral.

To learn more about this heartbreaking death, please consider the news outlets listed below.

  1. Queens boy, 5, killed in hit-and-run mourned by family and neighbors as police negotiate driver’s surrender  New York Daily News
  2. Video shows vehicle sought in Queens hit-and-run death of 5-year-old boy  PIX11 News
  3. Police continue search for driver who struck, killed child in Queens  CBS New York
  4. 5-year-old killed in East Elmhurst hit and run identified at Jonathan Martinez, driver sought  WABC-TV
  5. NYC dad pleads for driver who killed son in hit-and-run to surrender  New York Post
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