Tragic NYC crash claims life of 4-year-old boy and injures older siblingNovember 30, 2023
An unlicensed teenager was arrested for a Brooklyn crash that killed a 4-year-old boy and injured an 11-year-old, police said Thursday.
Giovanni Quiles, 4, was in the backseat of a GMC Sierra 3500 pickup truck heading east on Atlantic Ave. near Brooklyn Ave. in Crown Heights Nov. 7 when the 16-year-old unlicensed driver “failed to navigate the roadway” around 5 p.m., according to cops.
The teen slammed into a support pillar for an elevated train, injuring both Giovanni and an 11-year-old boy in the front seat, police said.
The driver, who was taken into custody at the scene, and the 11-year-old were sent to Maimonides Medical Center, where they recovered.
Medics rushed Giovanni to Kings County Hospital in critical condition. He was transferred to Maimonides Medical Center, where he fought for his life for three weeks. He died on Tuesday, cops said.
The driver, whose name was not released due to his age, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, driving without a license, violation of local law and alcohol and cannabis in a motor vehicle on a highway.
It wasn’t immediately clear how the boys were related, a police spokesperson said.
Giovanni lived in Melville, N.Y. in Suffolk County, according to cops.