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Man Who Fled Country After Bronx Hit-And-Run Extradited From Germany: DA

By Ben Fractenberg | November 14, 2016 3:40pm

THE BRONX — A 37-year-old man was extradited from Germany after severely injuring an 11-year-old boy in a Longwood hit-and-run, the Bronx District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

Djanfarou Touh was driving a livery cab when he struck the boy on May 21, 2013 after he ran across Westchester Avenue near Fox Street. Touh briefly stayed at the scene but fled before law enforcement arrived. He then left the country two days later from JFK Airport to Ghana, according to prosecutors.

The boy suffered a fractured skull, spent several months in the hospital and had multiple reconstructive surgeries, a spokesman for DA's office said. 

“This defendant allegedly struck a boy with his livery car, fled the scene and then left the country,” Bronx DA Darcel Clark said in a statement. “The boy still has not recovered from his grievous injuries, but at least he will get justice now that we have brought the defendant back to the Bronx to face indictment.”

Investigators eventually tracked him to Germany and he was apprehended and extradited on Nov. 10.

It was not immediately clear how they tracked him to the country from Ghana. 

Touh faces up to four years in prison after being indicted in 2014 on felony leaving the scene of an incident without reporting charges and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He was arraigned in Bronx Supreme Court on Monday before Judge William Mogulescu.

He was held without bail and is due back in court on Dec. 7. 

His defense lawyer was not immediately available for comment.