NYC driver with suspended license charged with manslaughter for fatally striking toddler

Molly Crane-Newman, New York Daily News
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Criminal charges against a man with a suspended driver’s license accused of killing a 3-year-old boy with his pickup truck and injuring the child’s mother were upgraded to manslaughter on Wednesday.

Jaime Sabogal, 61, struck little Bertin Dejesus with his blue Ford F-250 truck on Dec. 9 while the toddler and his mother crossed First Ave. near E. 116th St. in the crosswalk, Manhattan prosecutors said.

The 25-year-old mom, who survived with minor injuries, had just completed her morning ritual of stopping in at the Dunkin’ Donuts at that intersection.

“As alleged, this defendant made a fast left turn into a crosswalk where 3-year-old Bertin DeJesus was walking with his mother, killing the child nearly instantly with his pickup truck,” Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. said in a statement.

“Not only was the defendant driving recklessly with no regard for pedestrians, but he did so knowing his driver’s license had been suspended.”

A Manhattan jury indicted Sabogal on second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and other related charges. He faces up to 25 years in state prison if convicted.