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A pickup truck making a right turn at a Queens intersection hit and killed a baby girl in her stroller Thursday night, police say.

The baby's mother was pushing the stroller across 23rd Avenue in East Elmhurst when the truck turned from 94th Street and hit the stroller, police say. 

The driver stayed on the scene. Police identified him as 44-year-old Wallace Ramirez of Massachusetts. Authorities charged him with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to exercise due care. 

Witness Reese Fluellen, who knows the mother because their children play together, says he'd said hello just seconds earlier. 

"As I turn the corner, I was walking maybe 10, 15 seconds, I hear a loud crunch, I hear brakes from the truck," he said. "I hear screaming, 'You ran over my baby, You ran over my baby.'" 

Fluellen immediately ran back, along with other bystanders who tried to help. The baby, identified as One year old Skylar Perkins of Queens, was unresponsive and appeared not to be breathing, and the mother was hysterical. 

 

 

Clearly shaken, Fluellen said, "I have a child the exact same age. Our kids play together. It just really hits home." 

"There's nothing like seeing a mother think that she's lost her baby. It's one of the most heartbreaking things I've ever seen," he said. 

Responding police officers rushed the baby to Elmhurst General Hospital in the back of their patrol car.

The girl, who had severe trauma to the head and body, was pronounced dead at the hospital. 

 



 

Police have arrested a Long Island man who has been previously deported multiple times in connection with the sexual assault of a toddler and the stabbings of a woman outside a bar and the child's mother on the same night.

Nassau County police say 31-year-old Tommy Vladim Alvarado-Ventura, of Hempstead, was home with the 2-year-old daughter and 4-year-old son of an acquaintance, as well as another tenant who was watching the children while their mother was at work.

Authorities say the 2-year-old was heard crying as Alvarado-Ventura left the residence at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, before he apparently headed to El Mariachi Loco bar on Fulton Avenue. There, he allegedly got into a fight around 2:20 a.m. that police say was unprovoked and with a female he did not know.

The 24-year-old woman with whom he was fighting reportedly tried to leave the bar, but police said he began punching and kicking her in the parking lot before stabbing her multiple times and slicing the inside of her mouth. Alvarado-Ventura allegedly fled, while the victim was rushed to the hospital with a collapsed lung.

 



After Alvarado-Ventura returned to the home, at 4:15 a.m., he and the acquaintance argued after police said the woman noticed severe injuries on her 2-year-old.

Police say Alvarado-Ventura punched the victim, then stabbed her. Despite her injuries, she was able to take her children to another area of the apartment and call police from a neighbor's once Alvarado-Ventura fell asleep.

When officers arrived a short time later, Alvarado-Ventura was taken into custody. He has reportedly a self-admitted gang member who has been deported four times and has an extensive criminal history, including possession of drugs, assault, resisting arrest, DWI and disorderly conduct.

 

 

Fire tore through a building in the North Ward of Newark, NJ Thursday night, displacing residents. 

Firefighters responded to 848-850 Summer Avenue around 11 p.m. and found a restaurant and grocery store with apartments overhead ablaze. Heavy flames burned through the roof of the structure as firefighters in two overhead ladder trucks attacked the blaze from above while four more streams of water were poured on the fire from street level. 

 

 

Fire and heavy clouds of white smoke continued to pour from the building as of 1 a.m., about two hours after firefighters responded. 

 

 

According to a recent report on road conditions across the United States, the NY, NJ, CT, tri-state area has the dubious distinction of having some of the worst roads in the country.

The American Society of Civil Engineers conducted a study that found Connecticut had 57% of its roads in poor condition, which was the highest out of every other state.

New Jersey had the fifth highest percentage of poor roads in the nation with 38%.

New York came in with the ninth highest at 28% of its roads in bad condition.

 



The study also found that 1 out of every 5 miles of highway roads are in poor condition, which isn't a good figure considering that last year, U.S. roads carried vehicles over 3 trillion miles.

Here's the complete list of the top 10 U.S. states with the highest share of roads in poor condition:

Connecticut (57%)
Rhode Island (54%)
California (50%)
Hawaii (39%)
New Jersey (38%)
Pennsylvania (32%)
Washington (31%)
Mississippi (28%)
New York (28%)
Wisconsin (27%)

 

 

Several residents were displaced from a Passaic home during an early morning blaze on Highland Avenue.

Firefighters arrived at the home shortly after 5 a.m. as the blaze quickly consumed the attic of the home and parts of its second floor.

The fire was under control in approximately one hour, with no damage extending into surrounding homes. Ice formed quickly around the scene of the fire, making movement difficult.

 

 

There were no initial reports of serious injuries. Firefighters from Wallington and Clifton were called to the scene to assist.

All 10 of the residents were displaced from the home. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

School 19 in Passaic is having a delayed opening due to the fire.

 

 

Police are investigating Thursday after a dead body was found at the State Line Lookout in Palisades Interstate Park, authorities said.

Palisades Interstate Parkway Police tweeted a photo about 2 a.m. of police at the scene near where the body was found.

 

 

Detectives were investigating and more information was expected to be released later Thursday, police said.

State Line Lookout is located at the highest point on the Palisades Cliffs with an elevation of more than 500 feet.

It is not known whether the person fell, jumped, or was pushed from the cliffs 500 feet above.

 

 

Port Authority Trans-Hudson (PATH) train service in New Jersey returned to normal late Sunday night after a bomb threat led to disruptions, officials said. 

"An emotionally disturbed person made a threat to the PATH station in Harrison" Port Authority spokesperson Steve Coleman said in a statement.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, a bi-state agency created by an act of Congress, operates the PATH system between New York City and New Jersey.  It is one of the busiest mass transit train operations in the world, carrying hundreds of thousands of people each day.

The Port Authority also operates bridges and tunnels between the two states, as well as JFK, LaGuardia and Newark International airports.

 

 

PATH service was disrupted in New Jersey as police investigated the threat. Service returned to normal shortly after 11:30 p.m. 

NJ Transit was cross honoring PATH ticket-holders.

No word on whether an arrest has been made in the case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Firefighters battled a blaze in Mount Vernon that completely destroyed one home and spread to two more Sunday night, officials said. 

No one was injured in the blaze, which firefighters responded to on S. Third Avenue around 10:45 p.m. It wasn't until around 12:30 a.m. Monday that firefighters were able to bring the fire under control. 

All of the homes were fully engulfed in flames at one point, and the house where the fire started completely collapsed. At one point flames were "coming out of all sides" of the house, officials said.

Video from the scene shows heavy black smoke rising out of one of the homes as crews work to extinguish bright flames pouring from the roof. 

 

Residents of one home were able to escape unharmed, according to officials. The other two homes, including the one where the fire started, were vacant. 

An investigation will focus on whether squatters were living in the vacant home where the fire began. 

Neighbors described the vacant house as being in bad shape for a long time. 


 

One person was shot inside an off-duty police officer's home in Manville, New Jersey.

The person was shot just before midnight and taken to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick in unknown condition.

The person was believed to be a burglar inside the North 5th Avenue home.

The officer heard noises, grabbed his gun and confronted the suspect.

 



It is not believed that the officer was injured.

The Somerset County Prosecutors Office is investigating the incident. Police taped off the home, and numerous officers were seen going in and out.

 

 

Police say officers found a deceased 49-year-old woman lying on top of a snow bank in the Bronx.

Officers responded to a 911 call of an unconscious woman at Bainbridge and Jerome avenues around 3:22 a.m. in Norwood, police said.

 

 

Upon arrival, they found the victim lying face up on a snow bank, unconscious and unresponsive. Authorities say paramedics pronounced her dead at the scene.

The medical examiner will determine her cause of death.



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