Image: 29-year-old man, arrested for colliding with an illegal dirt bike, left 4-year-old boy in critical condition
- Arjanis Rivas, 29, was arrested on Wednesday in a hit-and-run case in which 4-year-old Jonathan Beauchamp was in critical condition.
- Rivas is being charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of the accident with injury, among other charges.
- Police sources told ABC New York that he was taken into custody after being arrested by crime stoppers.
- Four-year-old Jonathan Beauchamp was inside a parking lot at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park boathouse with his parents on Sunday.
- Beauchamp was hit by an illegal dirt bike just before 6 p.m. after exiting between two parked cars
- The biker fled the scene without stopping, and Beauchamp was taken to Cohen Children’s Medical Center with a serious head injury
- Dirt bikes are illegal in NYC, but residents see two-wheelers going ‘back and forth’
- City councilor proposes $750 fine for first offense, $1,500 for second
A suspect is in custody in New York City for a collision with an illegal dirt bike that left a four-year-old child in critical condition on Sunday.
Police sources told ABC New York that police arrested 29-year-old Arjanis Rivas on Wednesday following an arrest from crime stoppers.
Four-year-old Jonathan Beauchamp was inside a parking lot with his parents at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park boathouse in Queens on Sunday when he was hit by an illegal dirt bike just before 6 p.m.
Beauchamp ran out between two parked cars when he was hit by a dirt biker who was driving through the parking lot.
The bike rider fled from the spot without stopping. Beauchamp was taken to Cohen Children’s Medical Center with a serious head injury.
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Arjanis Rivas, 29, is in custody in connection with a hit-and-run case that seriously injured a 4-year-old boy after he collided with a bike in Queens on Sunday, police said.
Police sources told ABC New York that Rivas was arrested Wednesday after a tip off from crime stoppers.
Four-year-old Jonathan Beauchamp was inside a parking lot at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park boathouse with his parents on Sunday when he was hit by an illegal dirt bike just before 6 p.m.
Witness Harold Hadalgo told ABC7, ‘The dirt bike was going back and forth, there was so much going on, we didn’t know someone had been hit until the ambulance arrived.’
Back in May, the NYPD announced crackdowns on illegal vehicles across the city. On Monday, the NYPD’s 110th precinct, which covers the park, tweeted:
‘Recent collisions with operators of illegal dirt bikes and ATVs have resulted in fatal and serious injuries. These motor vehicles are illegal and should not be driven on the streets of NYC. If you drive these illegal dirt bikes and ATVs, they will be confiscated and you will be arrested.
Police are investigating a hit-and-run incident at the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Boathouse parking lot.
This footage shows dirt bikes becoming a widespread problem in New York City as groups ride illegal bikes on the streets
‘The NYPD has been very aggressive. If someone is out, it’s illegal immediately. It’s not allowed in New York City and we’re going to literally destroy them, and send a message to the people,’ Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Residents recently called on elected officials to increase penalties for those illegally riding dirt bikes and ATVs.
Officers are not allowed to chase people on these vehicles, but they usually chase riders and wait for them at gas stations.
In the first quarter of this year, eight people were killed and 350 others were injured by illegal bikes, officials said.
Bronx Democratic city council member Mark Gojonaz is proposing a bill to increase the penalty for first-time offenders to $750 and $1,500 for second-offenders.
Gjonaz said the vehicles have been linked to a number of crimes in the city, including a carjacking and shooting at the George Washington Bridge by a group of dirt bike riders last week, NY1 reports.
‘It is becoming a weapon and a means of escape, knowing that no one will follow you. The image it really presents is that we are in a city of chaos,’ Gajonaz said.