A driver has been accused of leaving the scene after fatally striking a 4-year-old boy in Boston with his vehicle. The driver has been held on $15,000 bail following his arraignment. Olguens Joseph, 30, pleaded not guilty to charges, which include motor vehicle homicide and leaving the scene of personal injury or death. His plea was made during a hearing in West Roxbury Municipal Court.
The hit-and-run incident occurred on July 18th in the city’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The boy, identified as Ivan Pierre, was pronounced dead by medical personell after being taken to the hospital. Joseph was apprehended after tips from the public helped authorities track him down.
During the arraignment, defense attorney Winston Kendall questioned whether Joseph had attempted to conceal his identity, highlighting that his client had voluntarily surrendered. Suffolk District Attorney Kevin Hayden expressed sympathy for Ivan’s family, stating that the arraignment marked an important step towards justice for the young boy. Ivan’s family had mentioned that he had wandered away while they were admiring his mother’s new car on the porch.
Authorities relied on information from the public to locate Joseph, who had allegedly tried to hide his identity. He turned himself in on Monday after a warrant was issued for his arrest. The tragic incident has left Ivan’s family heartbroken and solemn, as they grapple with the loss of their young child.
As the legal proceedings continue, the family seeks justice for Ivan’s untimely death. The community mourns the loss of a young life and stands in solidarity with Ivan’s family during this difficult time.
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