You are reading

Astoria Man Charged With Criminally Negligent Homicide for Fatal Hit-and-Run of 5-Year-Old Boy

An Astoria man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide for a hit-and-run crash that killed 5-year-old Jonathan Martinez, pictured, in East Elmhurst last month. The driver was in a white pickup truck (Photos: GoFundMe, NYPD and Unsplash)

Oct. 20, 2022 By Christian Murray

An Astoria man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide for allegedly killing a 5-year-old boy with his pickup truck in East Elmhurst last month.

Xavier Carchipulla, 40, of 33rd Street, was arraigned today in Queens criminal court on a seven-count indictment charging him with leaving the scene of an incident without reporting/death, criminally negligent homicide, and a host of other charges. He allegedly plowed his white pickup truck into 5-year-old Jonathan Martinez at around 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 1.

Carchipulla, who was driving a 2018 Dodge Ram without a license, is accused of hitting Martinez as the boy was attempting to cross 100th Street – near the intersection of McIntosh Street — with his father and two brothers.

Martinez was holding his father’s hand at the time of the deadly incident. His father pulled him back as he saw the Dodge turning—but it was too late.

Carchipulla, who was travelling northbound on Mcintosh Street, struck the 5-year-old while making a southbound turn onto 100th Street. He then fled the scene — as Martinez’s family looked on in horror. The family lived about two blocks away from where the boy was struck.

Martinez suffered severe trauma to his head and torso but could not be saved.

Carchipulla, who works as a construction worker, has been arrested on at least two occasions for drunk driving, police said.

“The defendant’s alleged criminal negligence while behind the wheel has brought absolute devastation to a family that continues to mourn their young child,” said Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz in a statement. “Driving is a privilege; it is not a right. To drive without a license is to place your own wishes over the needs of other people’s safety, leading to heartbreaking results. “

Carchipulla faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted. He was ordered to reappear in court on Nov. 16.

The 2018 Dodge Ram allegedly used in the hit-and-run incident (Photo: NYPD)

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.


The reCAPTCHA verification period has expired. Please reload the page.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Op-Ed: Port Authority and York College collaboration paves the way for career opportunities in aviation

Apr. 23, 2024 By Alicia L. Hyndman and Dr. Claudia Schrader 

With air travel projected to double over the next two decades, the construction of a new world-class airport at JFK is a welcome sight. But creating a great new airport to meet the needs of the future will take more than just concrete and steel – it will require a new generation of professionals trained for the rapidly evolving aviation industry of the 21st century.