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Toddler killed by SUV in ‘DWI’

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Posted: Thursday, October 17, 2013 10:30 am

Gilbert Echeverria, 35, has been arrested for allegedly striking and killing a 2-year-old boy while driving while intoxicated.

On Oct. 11 at approximately at 9:50 p.m. on the corner of Junction and Northern boulevards in Jackson Heights, police responded to a 911 call of a child struck by a vehicle.

According to police, a white 2011 Acura MDX was traveling northbound on Junction Boulevard and struck Jaied Figueroa, from Corona, who was crossing Junction Boulevard from west to east with his mother.

Echeverria stopped and transported Figueroa and his mother to New York Hospital Queens, where the child was pronounced dead.

Offices of the 115th Precinct arrived at the hospital and upon further investigation, arrested Echeverria.

The South Ozone Park resident has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving while intoxicated.

The mother sustained no injuries.

— Tess McRae

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