SUV slams into Bronx restaurant, kills child, injures two others
SUV Crash Takes Child’s Life
THE BRONX, NEW YORK — A 7yr old boy was killed and another child and a man were injured when an SUV barreled into a Kennedy’s Chicken and Sandwiches a restaurant in the Bronx Thursday night, and then tried to run.
According to witnesses, the Mercedes SUV backed into the Kennedy’s Chicken & Sandwiches on Westchester Avenue in the Pelham Bay section, fatally striking the child, as well as injuring a 5-year-old girl and a 34-year-old man.
The driver appeared shocked, as people banged on the window of his SUV telling him to move because children were under the car, according to the restaurant store owner Shah Mohammad. The driver then drove the car forward.
Reports indicate that Ethan Villavicencio, 7-years-old was sitting with his father and sister at a table closest to the window when the car slammed through the store pinning Ethan against the wall.
He was taken to Jacobi Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The boy’s father, 34, and sister, 5, were also struck by the SUV and taken to the hospital. They were in stable condition on Thursday night.
Witnesses chased the the car trying to stop him from driving off, but the driver kept going, they say, where he was cut off by a traffic officer’s car.
NYPD arrested the driver, Kwasi Oduro, 73, of the Bronx, and placed him in custody.
FDNY reported, the two children were transported to Jacobi Medical Center, where the 7 year old boy later died. The girl and man are in stable condition.
The store owner says the kids were eating at the table closest to the window when the car barrels through the storefront.
The gold Mercedes SUV hit another car parked out front.
NYPD’s Highway Collision Investigation Squad is continuing their investigation.
The 73 year old driver Mr. Oduro, of the Bronx, has been charged with one count of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and two counts of leaving the scene of an accident that caused injury. His arraignment has not yet been scheduled.