A livery cab driver appeared in Bronx Criminal Court on Monday to face an indictment for a 2013 hit-and-run on Westchester Avenue and Fox Street that left an 11-year-old boy severely injured.
Djanfarou Touh, 37, was extradited from Germany during the first week in November. Touh fled the U.S. two days after the incident, according to the Bronx DA’s office. Officials say he first flew to Ghana in 2013 before making his way to Europe.
“The boy still has not recovered from his grievous injuries, but at least he will get justice,” said Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark in a Nov. 10 press release. Touh has been indicted on two counts of Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting, one of which is a felony, and third-degree Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle. He is due back in court on December 7. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison.
According to the investigation, the incident occurred in the early afternoon of May 21, 2013, when the livery cab struck the boy as he ran across Westchester Avenue. Touh allegedly stopped briefly, then fled.