‘I cannot blame the driver,’ says dad of 10-year-old Brooklyn boy killed by motorist
The devastated dad of a 10-year-old boy killed when an SUV jumped a Brooklyn curb and slammed into him said he “cannot blame” the driver, who police believe had a medical episode behind the wheel.
“I have nothing to say to the driver because I’m sure it was not his fault,” said Angel Farachio, the father of 10-year-old Enzo Farachio, at a vigil Thursday for his son. “I cannot blame the guy.”
The driver, Alexander Katchaloff, 59, mounted a curb on Ocean Ave. at Ave. L. at 2:40 p.m. Tuesday, while Enzo was waiting for a city bus to arrive, and plowed into the youngster. He has not been charged criminally or issued any summonses, police said.
Enzo was waiting for a city bus because he had just missed his yellow school bus, and his dad criticized his school, Andries Hudde Junior High School, for how it handled scheduling dismissal.
'Maybe the principal of the school should have done something'
“He always missed the way back because I think the schedule wasn’t made well,” Farachio said.
The bus typically leaves at about the same time Enzo got out of class. "In a school yellow bus he would have been more protected,” the dad said, adding later, "Maybe the principal of the school should have done something better for my kid.”
Enzo’s mom, Mary Majao, who on Wednesday said the SUV driver should be investigated and held responsible, sobbed uncontrollably as she spoke to the roughly two dozen transit advocates who gathered at the spot of the crash Thursday.
“He was our baby, and he’s not coming back,” she said.
They were joined by City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, who called Enzo’s death preventable.
“We have a city that has been built for cars and not for people. So New Yorkers are constantly in danger. And every corner in every neighborhood of this city, in a crosswalk, in a sidewalk, on the sidewalk, on a bike, at a bus stop,” he said. “And that is a failure of us as a city.”