Taxi driver in accident that killed toddler not licensed, police say

MONSEY, New York (WABC) -- The driver of the taxi that struck and killed a toddler in Monsey did not have a license, Ramapo police said on Monday.

The preliminary investigation has determined that an American Latina Taxi Cab driven by Jorge Garrangui-Castillo of Monsey had just picked up a fare on Johanna Lane and was backing from the driveway when the vehicle struck child who was sitting in the roadway.

The accident happened around 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Ramapo police identified the victim as 15-month old Ephraim Szydlow.

There were two other people in the taxi at the time of the accident. They were not hurt.

Garrangui-Castillo will receive a ticket for unlicensed operation, authorities said. The investigation is continuing.

There was no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement, police said.
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