NYC hit-and-run driver drank beer before killing child: DA

The suspected hit-and-run driver who killed a 5-year-old Queens boy crossing the street with his father and siblings downed three beers in the hours before the fatal crash, prosecutors said Friday.

Xavier Carchipull was ordered held on $100,000 bail late Thursday and is facing up to seven years in prison for the deadly Sept. 1 East Elmhurst crash. He’s facing charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, driving without a license and operating a truck that wasn’t registered, insured or inspected.

Investigators also got an eye-witness who saw Carchipull, who also goes by the last name Carchipulla, consume three beers in the hours leading up to the crash, but detectives couldn’t charge him with drunk driving since he sped off after plowing into little Jonathan Martinez on 100th St. near Macintosh St.

It wasn’t clear exactly when he consumed the beers and his blood alcohol content on the day of the crash couldn’t be determined, police said.

NYPD warrants officers arrested Carchipull, 40, at his Astoria home early Wednesday.

“We’ve been praying for this moment,” Jonathan’s mother Jennifer Erez, told the Daily News. “It’s been very hard for our family and our children.”

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Surveillance footage recovered by police shows a Dodge Ram pickup truck driver making a looping left turn as the family crosses the street. A second later, the driver slams into Jonathan and keeps going.

Cops had identified Carchipull as the person behind the wheel early on and tried to negotiate his surrender but the accused hit-and-run driver continued to evade police, sources said.

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He’s been arrested twice for drunk driving in Queens since 2005, but no one was injured in either case.

Carchipull pleaded not guilty to the charges during the brief arraignment proceeding Thursday night.

“On behalf of my client who is also a father of an eight-year-old daughter and myself we extend our deepest condolences to the Martinez family,” Carchipull’s attorney Ali Benchakroun told The News Friday. “The passing of a precious 5-year-old old boy is unimaginable.”

Benchakroun said he and his client “adamantly denies these allegations” and were working with the prosecutors office on clearing up specific facts in the case.

“Once we receive that information, this case will unfold,” Benchakroun said.