Hit-and-run in Queens leaves 11-year-old boy seriously injured

Residents of Queens, New York couldn’t believe their eyes after watching a video that shows a motorist barrel into an adolescent boy on his bike, sending him careening into the air head over heels before coming to rest in the middle of the roadway.

The driver didn’t even bother to slow down, leaving 11-year-old Richard Granville with internal injuries and lacerations to his head and face.

Bash and dash in Queens

According to police, the incident occurred at Dickens Street and Healy Avenue in Far Rockaway at around 7:40 p.m. on Monday evening. Local security cameras captured the tragedy as it unfolded. (The following video contains unsettling images of graphic violence that some viewers may find upsetting. Viewer discretion is advised.)

Busted!

Authorities arrested 41-year-old Agostinho Sinclair after he fled the scene of the accident driving northbound on Dickens Street in a black sedan. The car was eventually found blocks away, hidden underneath a pile of garbage where police found it the following day.


Authorities told 1010 WINS radio in New York that Sinclair had the “right of way” when he struck Richard, implying that he wouldn’t have received a citation for hitting the boy — if he’d actually stuck around.

Sinclair was apprehended somewhere near the scene of the accident, and a photo from the arrest taken by the neighborhood safety patrol appears to show Sinclair being taken into custody at a park or playground.


Sinclair now faces charges of reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident. and the aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

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Road to recovery

Richard was rushed to Long Island Jewish Medical Center where doctors said Tuesday that he was in serious but stable condition. Besides suffering from cuts and bruises, the preteen may have also sustained a concussion.  

Studies show that adolescent boys around Richard’s age are at the highest risk of suffering an injury while riding their bicycles. Those risks are compounded when riding in urban settings, especially in socio-economically poorer neighborhoods.

Areas with sidewalks, multi-use trails, and roundabouts also create conditions that are hazardous to adolescent bikers like Richard. From the grainy video of the accident, it is unclear if the boy was wearing a helmet at the time.

Hopefully, Sinclair will be brought to justice for harming this innocent young boy. Our prayers are with Richard and his family as he recovers.

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