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The NYPD is offering up a $10,000 reward for help find and convict the motor bike rider who slammed into a 4-year-old boy in a parking lot on Sunday and then sped off.
The kid remained in critical condition Tuesday – and they believe the suspect was on an illegal bike, NYPD officials said at a news conference at One Police Plaza.
“No parent should have to endure such a senseless act,” said Kim Royster, the NYPD’s chief of transportation. “This is an active investigation and detectives are combing the area to get more information.”
The child was playing in the Meadowlake Trail parking lot at Flushing Meadow Park at about 5:45 p.m. when he was hit by the rider, Royster said. It isn’t clear what type of bike he was using, but it appeared speed was a factor, said Detective Frank Cardamone, of the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad.
“He was traveling at a higher rate of speed than you should be traveling in a parking lot when he struck the child,” Cardamone said.
The suspect was described by police as a possibly Hispanic male in his teens or 20s.
The boy’s condition has been improving since the day of the crash, according to the detective.
“I don’t want to get into the medical injuries,” Cardamone said. “He did have a head injury and was unconscious the day of the crash.”
Because the crash was in a park, there’s no known video that shows the kid getting hit or the bike in the area, cops said.
“There’s some video on the parkway that we’re looking at to see if the vehicles come in or out of the park,” Cardamone said.
Royster noted that ATVs and dirt bikes are not road legal because they cannot be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
“The person cannot get a license and they don’t have the proper signaling device that would be required on a motorcycle,” Royser said.
“So that’s what makes these bikes illegal,” she added.
“And they’re dangerous because people are using them to speed in the streets, which is very popular. At any time, pedestrians or other cyclists will be walking or riding and these particular devices are speeding through the streets. ”
The reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction was doubled from $5,000.
“We’re asking if you have any information or video regarding this incident please contact our crime stoppers number,” Royster said.
Police are working with the Queens District Attorney’s office to “prosecute this person to the fullest extent of the law,” Royster said.
Confidential tips can be made through 1-800- 577-TIPS.
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