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Young Child Killed in New York City After Teenage Driver Slams into Apartment Building

frontier crash.png A family faced devastating tragedy on Manhattan’s Upper West Side on the morning of Tuesday, June 4, when a teenager driving his parent’s SUV without a license struck and killed a four-year-old and injured her grandmother. According to authorities, the accident occurred at West 97th Street and Amsterdam Avenue around 8:15 a.m. Franklin Reyes, the seventeen-year-old teenager driving the SUV, a Nissan Frontier, crashed into a restaurant on the ground floor of an apartment building where four-year-old Ariel Russo and her fifty-eight-year-old grandmother Katie Gutierrez were located. Both Russo and Gutierrez were pinned against a gate and as Reyes reversed, he may have struck both females again.

Authorities believe that Reyes was operating the Frontier at approximately 34 mph at the time of the accident, which is 4 mph over the speed limit on New York City streets. Both Russo and Gutierrez were transported to a local hospital following the crash. Russo was pronounced dead after arriving at the hospital, but Gutierrez is in stable condition.

Officers had attempted to stop the Frontier about ten blocks south of the accident scene when they noticed wide turns from far lanes and reckless driving. Although Reyes initially pulled the Frontier over, as two officers approached the car, he sped away. This is when Reyes headed north and made a left onto 97th street, where he crashed into the building. Reyes was arrested at the scene on charges of manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter. He was transported to the hospital after complaining of difficulty breathing. Authorities state that Reyes had a permit, but not a driver’s license, and was operating his parent’s vehicle without permission. Police are investigating whether Reyes’ lack of driving experience contributed to the accident.

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