1-Year-Old Girl Dies After Car Jumps Curb, Strikes Stroller In The Bronx

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September 18, 2019 - 10:10 am

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A 1-year-old girl died Tuesday when a vehicle involved in a two-car crash jumped the curb and struck a stroller in the Bronx.

The collision happened just after 4 p.m. near East 215th Street and White Plains Road in the Williamsbridge section of the borough.

Djeneba Magassa, who was just 18 months old, was killed.

Neighbor Noel Ortiz said he saw grown men crying over the loss.

"I feel sad because you know who died? A baby, an angel died," he said.

Police say the driver, 22-year-old Kier Boneparte of Staten Island was attempting to make a right turn, when he lost control of his BMW SUV, struck a parked car and jumped onto the sidewalk, striking the stroller, which was being pushed by the girl’s mother.

"The car just swerved off the road and slammed right into a stroller," a witness told CBS2. "It was heartbreaking."

Boneparte did not have a license or insurance. He faces several charges including reckless driving.

"It's tragic, nowadays people don't care when they get behind the wheel," said a man who stopped by the crash scene on his way to work Wednesday morning to pay his respect to the young victim.

The baby is the second child this month to be killed by an out of control driver in the city.

The other victim was a 10-year old-boy waiting for the bus home from school in Midwood, Brooklyn.

City Council Speaker tweeted his condolences to the family saying, "As elected officials, it’s our job to protect New Yorkers - especially children. We cannot tolerate traffic violence. We need to make our streets safer & we need to act immediately."