The driver who police say ran down a family crossing a street in Staten Island on Friday night, killing a 4-year-old boy and then fleeing the scene, has denied that he was the one behind the wheel.
33-year-old John Sanjurjo at his arraignment Sunday afternoon, pleaded not guilty in Criminal Court to charges that included leaving the scene of an accident, according to silive.com.
He was released from court after he made the $50,000 bail. After he turned himself into police Saturday, Sanjurjo, through his defense attorney Anthony Caronna, says that since no one could identify him at the scene of the hit-and-run, his case should be thrown out.
Sanjurjo is accused of hitting the 4-year-old boy and his mother and sister with his vehicle.
4-year-old Kyrillos Gendy, of South Amboy, N.J. later died at the hospital from his injuries.
On Friday night, the family was crossing Richmond Road near Newberry Avenue in the Dongan Hills section in Staten Island about 10:25 p.m., when a black Mercedes Benz sedan with tinted windows pulled out of Diddle Dee Bagel & Deli on Richmond Road.
The driver of the Mercedes struck Gendy as well as his 34-year-old mother and 7-year-old sister before the vehicle fled the scene.
All three pedestrians were taken to Staten Island University Hospital where Gendy was pronounced dead. The boy’s mother and sister suffered minor injuries.
Police said the boy was visiting relatives at a nearby home when the accident occurred.