22-year-old driver faces slew of charges after jumping curb, killing 1-year-old girl

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Police say a man was driving recklessly when he hit and killed a 1-year-old in a stroller Tuesday.
 
Police announced the driver is now facing numerous charges and that he was not intoxicated behind the wheel.
 
Sources say the 22-year-old was learning how to drive and is very remorseful. Sources also say Kier Boneparte may have lived in the same building as the toddler. 
 
Surveillance video of the tragic incident shows 22-year-old Boneparte, of Staten Island, traveling northbound on White Plains Road when he tried to turn onto East 215th Street. Police say that's when he lost control of his SUV and crashed into a parked car before jumping the sidewalk striking the 1-year-old girl who was in a stroller.
 
 
The baby, 1-year-old Djeneba Magassa, was taken to Montefiore Medical Center, but did not make it.  
 
Boneparte was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon and is now facing numerous charges including reckless driving, failing to yield to a pedestrian causing injury, operating a vehicle without insurance and without a license.
 
He was arraigned Wednesday and was released on his own recognizance.
 
According to police, the tragic incident happened just feet from where the baby and her mother lived.  
 
A vigil has been set up at the location the 1-year-old was struck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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