A Brooklyn man driving without a license has been charged after police say he struck and killed a ten-year-old riding his bike in the crosswalk.
Police say Victor Mejia was making a left turn onto Foster Avenue and Seton Place in Midwood Saturday when he struck 10-year-old Dalerjon Shahibiddinov.
The boy was rushed to the hospital, where he later died.
Witnesses say the father was standing just a few feet away when his son was hit.
"He was very distraught,” said one man who witnessed the incident. “He wasn't able to speak, really he was speechless. He didn't have any words to say, very flustered, couldn't come to terms that his kid was probably dying."
Mejia remained at the scene. The 29-year-old faces charges including driving without a license and failure to exercise due care. A judge granted him supervised release during an arraignment on Sunday.
This marks the 24th cyclist killed in the city this year, the most since 2016.
Transportation Alternatives released a statement, saying, "What we have before us is a preventable public health crisis. We call on our elected leaders to do everything in their power to get Vision Zero back on track."
Mayor de Blasio tweeted that the city's Department of Transportation is in the process of making that intersection safer.