IMAGE: Man, 29, arrested for riding a dirt bike that left 4-year-old toddler in critical condition in Queens
- Argenis Rivas, 29, was arrested Wednesday for a hit-and-run that left 4-year-old Johnathan Beauchamp in critical condition
- Rivas is charged with second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident with injuries among other charges
- He was taken into custody after a tip from Crime Stoppers led to his arrest, police sources told ABC New York
- Four-year-old Johnathan Beauchamp stood with his parents in a parking lot near the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Boathouse on Sunday
- Beauchamp was hit by an illegal dirt bike just before 6 p.m. after he ran away between two parked cars
- The motorcyclist fled without stopping and Beauchamp was taken to Cohen Children’s Medical Center with severe head trauma
- Dirt bikes are illegal in NYC, but residents saw the two-wheeled vehicles ‘go back and forth’
- City councilor proposes $750 fine for first violation, $1,500 for second
A suspect has been jailed for a collision with an illegal dirt bike in New York City that left a four-year-old boy in critical condition on Sunday.
Police arrested 29-year-old Argenis Rivas on Wednesday after a tip from Crime Stoppers led to the arrest, police sources told ABC New York.
Four-year-old Johnathan Beauchamp was in a parking lot near the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Boathouse in Queens with his parents on Sunday when he was hit by the illegal dirt bike just before 6 p.m.
Beauchamp ran between two parked cars when he was hit by a dirt bike driving across the parking lot.
The motorcyclist fled without stopping. Beauchamp was taken to Cohen Children’s Medical Center with severe head trauma.
Rivas will be charged with second degree assault, reckless danger, leaving the scene of an accident with injury, acting in a manner that is harmful to a child under the age of 17, driving a vehicle without insurance, driving an unregistered motorcycle and the unauthorized driver.
Argenis Rivas, 29, is in custody for a collision that left a 4-year-old boy in critical condition after being hit by a dirt bike in Queens on Sunday, police said.
Rivas was arrested on Wednesday after a tip from Crime Stoppers led to the arrest, police sources told ABC New York.
Four-year-old Johnathan Beauchamp was in a parking lot near 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.
“Dirtbikes going back and forth, there was so much going on, we didn’t know anyone was hit until the ambulance came,” witness Harold Hadalgo said. ABC 7.
In May, the NYPD announced a crackdown on illegal vehicles in the city. On Monday, the NYPD’s 110th Precinct, which covers the park, tweeted:
Recent collisions with drivers of illegal dirt bikes and ATVs have resulted in fatalities and serious injuries. These motor vehicles are illegal and may not be used on NYC roads. If you ride these illegal dirt bikes and ATVs, they will be confiscated and you will be arrested.”
Police are investigating the hit-and-run accident, which took place in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Boathouse parking lot
These images show the ubiquitous problem dirt bikes have become in New York City as a group rides the illegal bikes on the street
“The NYPD has been very aggressive. If there is one, it’s immediately illegal. It’s just not allowed in New York City and we will literally destroy them and send a message to the people,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said.
Residents had 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 follow the riders and wait for them at gas stations.
Officials said eight people were killed and 350 others injured by illegal bicycles in the first quarter of this year.
Mark Gjonaj, a Democratic city councilor from the Bronx, is proposing a bill to increase fines to $750 for first violators and $1,500 for second violators.
Gjonaj added that the vehicles have been linked to several crimes in the city, including a carjacking and shooting on the George Washington Bridge by a group of dirt bike riders last week. NY1 reports.
“It will become a weapon and a means of escape, knowing that no one will come after you. The image it really gives is that we are in a city of lawlessness,” Gjonaj said.