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Staten Island Man Arrested in Hit-and-Run Killing 4-Year-Old Boy

By Jess Wisloski | August 10, 2013 9:27am | Updated on August 11, 2013 11:15am
Mercedes Benz Hits and Kills 4-Year-Old Boy
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TODT HILL — Police arrested a Staten Island man after a hit-and-run accident that left a woman and little girl hospitalized and a 4-year-old boy dead, police said.

John Sanjurjo, 33, of New Dorp, turned himself in and was arrested and charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death and two counts of leaving a scene resulting in a serious injury, police said.

He is accused of hitting a family of three on Friday night and driving away.

The New Jersey family, which had been leaving a prayer service at a relative's house according to reports, was crossing Richmond Road in Staten Island from west to east when Sanjurjo's 2013 black Mercedes Benz 350 plowed into them at 8:25 p.m., police said.

Cops told the NY Post that the recovered Benz was "a crime scene on wheels," with a dented roof and noodles and rice from the family's take-out meal splattered across the hood, roof and trunk, the paper wrote. 

“He stopped, got out of the car and saw them all lying on the ground,” the boy's uncle, Magdy Gendy, who saw the crash, said to the Post. “Then he went back to his car and drove. Everyone was screaming and saying, ‘Help us!’"

Police said Sanjurjo was pulling out of Diddle Dee Bakery and Deli, at 1334 Richmond Road, headed south when he struck the woman, 34, little girl, 9, and Kyrillos Gendy, 4, who was pronounced dead at Staten Island University Hospital.

The little boy's cousin, Adam Gendy, 22, spoke to the NY Daily News.

"The mother is in a phase of denial right now,” Gendy told the paper. "She has no words."

He said the boy's father was "an absolute mess." 

The woman and girl suffered minor injuries, police said. Sanjurjo turned himself in Saturday.

The NYPD had released a surveillance video of the vehicle that fled the scene taken from the deli parking lot.