New Jersey Unlicensed Driver Strikes, Kills 7-Year-Old Boy; Injures Woman, Prosecutors Say - NBC 10 Philadelphia

New Jersey Unlicensed Driver Strikes, Kills 7-Year-Old Boy; Injures Woman, Prosecutors Say

A family is mourning a young boy who was struck and killed by an unlicensed driver while he was walking across a highway in South Jersey with his grandmother

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Unlicensed Driver Strikes and Kills Boy, Injures Grandmother, Police Say

    A young boy was killed by an unlicensed driver while crossing the street with his grandmother. The crash occurred Wednesday night in Egg Harbor City. The grandmother was critically hurt.

    (Published Thursday, July 11, 2019)

    What to Know

    • Marco Yu, 7, was struck and killed by a pickup truck while he was crossing the White Horse Pike with his grandmother in Egg Harbor City.

    • Yu's grandmother also suffered life-threatening injuries. Yu's 3-year-old brother was not hurt.

    • Police identified the driver as Jorge Rodriguez of Horsham. He's charged with being an unlicensed driver involved in a fatal crash.

    A family is mourning a young boy who was struck and killed by an unlicensed driver while he was walking across a highway in South Jersey with his grandmother.

    Marco Yu, 7, his 71-year-old grandmother and his 3-year-old brother were crossing White Horse Pike in Egg Harbor City near Buffalo Avenue on Wednesday around 8:45 p.m.

    As they were walking, Yu and his grandmother were struck by a pickup truck. The boy was pronounced dead at the scene while his grandmother was hospitalized with undisclosed injuries that are considered life-threatening. Yu's younger brother was not hurt.

    Ines Ramirez lives near the scene of the crash and witnessed the aftermath.

    "When I seen them put the blanket on the little boy, that just makes me choke up so bad," she said.

    Prosecutors identified the driver as 30-year-old Jorge Rodriguez of Horsham, Pennsylvania. He was released after being charged with being an unlicensed driver involved in a fatal crash. He was also ticketed for not having a license. It wasn't known Thursday if he retained an attorney.

    "No driver's license," Nicole Ren, Yu's mother, said while in tears. "Why are you driving the car?"

    Yu's family owns a restaurant in the area. Yu, his grandmother and brother had visited a grocery store shortly before the crash.

    "I have a baby," Ramirez said. "To think that they're just going to the grocery store and not coming back, it was so sad."

    Yu's family insisted he knew how to safely cross a street.

    "He's a very, very good boy," Yu's aunt, Paris Ren, told NBC10. "He knows everything. Sometimes [on a] red light I go. He says, 'Auntie, don't go.'"

    The Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office is investigating the crash and wants to hear from anyone who witnessed it.