An unlicensed Astoria driver has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and other crimes after he fatally punched a 5-year-old East Elmhurst boy and left the scene of the collision earlier this month, it has been reported Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz on Thursday, September 22.
Xavier Carchipulla, 40, of 33rd Street in Astoria, is currently awaiting appearance in Queens Criminal Court on a complaint accusing him of leaving the scene of an unrelated incident/death, homicide by criminal negligence, aggravated driving without a motor vehicle license in the third degree, aggravated driving without a motor vehicle license in the second degree, lack of care, driving or parking a motor vehicle that is not inspected, no insurance, motor vehicle registration; costs; renewals and driving by an unlicensed operator, according to the Queens District Attorney’s Office.
He was arrested on Wednesday September 21.
According to the charges, at around 5:28 p.m. on September 1, 5-year-old Jonathan Martinez was walking on 100th Street next to his father and siblings. As they attempted to cross 100th Street, Carchipulla, who was driving a white 2018 Dodge Ram pickup truck heading north on McIntosh Street, swerved south onto 100th Street and struck Martinez, who was standing always next to his father. After hitting Martinez, Carchipulla didn’t stop and ran away.
Martinez was immediately transported to NYC Health + Hospitals/Elmhurst, where he was treated for severe head trauma and torso injuries and later pronounced dead.
According to the New York State Motor Vehicle Database, Carchipulla does not have a valid New York State driver’s license, which has already been suspended, and RAM does not have a registration. valid, Katz said. Also, the license plate affixed to the vehicle does not correctly match the vehicle identification number.
“This is a heartbreaking case involving a young life tragically cut short due to the defendant’s alleged criminal negligence while driving. My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of the young victim. rules of the road, including the requirement of a valid driver’s license before driving, exist to prevent motor vehicles from becoming deadly weapons of destruction,” Katz said. “The defendant is charged with having ignored these rules, with absolutely tragic consequences.He is now facing justice in our courts.
Martinez lived just two blocks from the crime scene near the Helen Marshall Playground and the PS 127 Aerospace Science Magnet School.
A GoFundMe organized by a family friend has raised over $28,000 as of Friday morning, September 23.
“Jonathan was the nicest, brightest boy,” the GoFundMe read. “He loved to sing, dance and worship the lord. He loved all Spider-Man toys and cars. His best friends were his brother Joel, Joshua and his sister Joanna. Her personality lit up the whole room and filled all of our hearts. Jonathan will forever miss his family, friends and church. We don’t want her parents to worry about the cost of the funeral in any way.