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July 21, 2019

Cops arrest hit-and-run driver they say critically injured 6-year-old Bronx girl

February 11, 2019
Highway Patrol investigators on E. 172nd St. and Harrod Ave, where a 6-year-old girl was struck by a hit-and-run driver. (Sam Costanza / for New York Daily News)

Police have arrested a hit-and-run driver they say critically injured a 6-year-old Bronx girl walking home from the bus stop with her family.

Rumaldo Castro-Guasco, 36, of Country Club in the Bronx, was nabbed Friday and charged with leaving the scene of an accident resulting in serious injury and aggravated unlicensed driving, cops said.


Castro-Guasco was driving west on E. 172nd St. on Dec. 11 when he struck little Raguiatou Barry as she was crossing the street near Harrod Ave. in Soundview with her mother and siblings about 4:50 p.m. She was about a block away from the family’s home.

“It happened so quick. It was like a dream,” the girl’s mother, Kadiatou Barry, told the Daily News in December. “I kept screaming that he killed my daughter. He slowed down after he did it. He looked in his mirrors and then sped off. I couldn’t do anything.”

Doctors at Jacobi Medical Center later told Barry that her daughter had a “good chance to live” after getting emergency surgery on her neck.

The NYPD Highway Patrol applauded the arrest in a tweet Monday afternoon, calling it “diligent investigative work by the @NYPDHighway Collision Investigation Sqd.”

Castro-Guasco’s arraignment was pending Monday.

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