Parents of boy, 10, mowed down at bus stop by out-of-control SUV want driver charged

A 10-year-old Brooklyn boy crushed to death at a bus stop by an out-of-control SUV just started going back and forth to school on his own this week, according...

`Having Enzo was everything’ - Parents of boy, 10, mowed down at bus stop by out-of-control SUV want driver charged; say son just started coming home from school on his own this week
Enzo Farachio, graduating from 5th grade. (Courtesy, Farachio family.)

A 10-year-old Brooklyn boy crushed to death at a bus stop by an out-of-control SUV just started going back and forth to school on his own this week, according to his heartbroken parents, who urged the city to punish the motorist for driving too fast.

Victim Enzo Farachio was waiting for a bus in Midwood when an out-of-control Lexus SUV mounted the curb and plowed into him as he peered at his phone about 2:40 p.m. Tuesday. He was rushed to New York Community Hospital but could not be saved.

“I got a call and I went to the hospital and I saw my son was dead,” the boy’s grieving dad, Angel Farachio, said Wednesday. ”I’m heartbroken.”

The driver, Alexander Katchaloff, 59, may have suffered a medical episode when he lost control, authorities said. He was not immediately charged.

Ten-year-old Enzo Farachio was waiting for a bus in Midwood when an out-of-control Lexus SUV mounted the curb and plowed into him as he peered at his phone.
Ten-year-old Enzo Farachio was waiting for a bus in Midwood when an out-of-control Lexus SUV mounted the curb and plowed into him as he peered at his phone. (Gardiner Anderson/for New York Daily News)

Katchaloff and a 9-year-old passenger were both treated for injuries at Kings County Hospital. Katchaloff was still in critical care there Wednesday.

Although police said it was not immediately clear if Katchaloff’s Lexus was speeding, Farachio and the boy’s mom, Mary Majao, said the driver should be held responsible.

Katchaloff pleaded guilty in 2014 for his role in a Russian gambling ring.

“I’ve read that he has a couple of summonses for speeding,” Majao said. “But I’ve also heard that he had some kind of seizure. But he must have been driving fast to kill someone and to make all that chaos. If you were driving 25 miles per hour, somebody could be alive today. But that’s not what happened.

“Tomorrow or the day after we’re going to see a lawyer and we’re going to follow up because I don’t want this to happen to any other family. We need to have safe streets. This could have been prevented.”

Enzo’s parents went from planning a trip to Six Flags for the boy’s birthday on Sept. 30 to picking out clothes and a casket for the sixth grader’s funeral.

“He was excited because it was going to be a long weekend for us,” Majao said.

The mother said Enzo liked riding rollercoasters.

Enzo usually rode a yellow school bus to school, but his parents had taught him how to travel on the city bus so he could have an option.

“In the morning, my other son takes him to the yellow bus which takes him to the school directly,” Majao said. “Last week on Friday, I think they gave him MetroCards. He told me he got MetroCards and I told him, I want you to take the yellow bus because the yellow bus takes you right here to the house. But when he got out of school on Friday the yellow bus was gone already. So he said he was going to take the city bus. I asked him if he was sure and he said, `I know what I’m doing. I know what to do mom,’ he said.”

Farachio helped her compose herself as she tried to finish the story.

“So we said okay,” Majao said. “If you can’t catch the yellow bus, you can take that city bus to come home.”

The trip involved a transfer from one bus to another.

“I think he was texting his brother, ‘I’m on my way,’ because that’s what I told him to do so his brother knows to open the door for him because he didn’t have a key,” Majao said. “He did what he was supposed to do.”

“He was a bright kid,” said Christian Pena, 46, the boy’s uncle. “He was very outspoken. He loved dogs, he loved outdoor activities, he loved baseball. He was going to try tennis next month too. He was full of life.”

“We really need to know what happened,” he added. “They’re saying it was a medical condition but we don’t believe that. We want everyone to help us, not just for him, but for all the children waiting for the bus. It’s not fair.”

The family recently moved to the neighborhood to be closer to Enzo’s older brother, who is studying for his master’s degree at Brooklyn College.

Witnesses described a bloody scene along Ocean Ave. and Avenue L, where Enzo lay dying from head and neck injuries beneath crushed scaffolding. His appearance was a sad contrast to the cap-and-gown photo his family proudly shared a day after the youngster’s death.

Enzo had just started sixth grade at Intermediate School 240. His mother is a second-grade teacher at Public School 316, where Enzo was a student when he was younger.

Farachio helped her compose herself as she tried to finish the story.

“So we said okay,” Majao said. “If you can’t catch the yellow bus, you can take that city bus to come home.”

The trip involved a transfer from one bus to another.

“I think he was texting his brother, ‘I’m on my way,’ because that’s what I told him to do so his brother knows to open the door for him because he didn’t have a key,” Majao said. “He did what he was supposed to do.”

“He was a bright kid,” said Christian Pena, 46, the boy’s uncle. “He was very outspoken. He loved dogs, he loved outdoor activities, he loved baseball. He was going to try tennis next month too. He was full of life.”

“We really need to know what happened,” he added. “They’re saying it was a medical condition but we don’t believe that. We want everyone to help us, not just for him, but for all the children waiting for the bus. It’s not fair.”

The family recently moved to the neighborhood to be closer to Enzo’s older brother, who is studying for his master’s degree at Brooklyn College.

Witnesses described a bloody scene along Ocean Ave. and Avenue L, where Enzo lay dying from head and neck injuries beneath crushed scaffolding. His appearance was a sad contrast to the cap-and-gown photo his family proudly shared a day after the youngster’s death.

Enzo had just started sixth grade at Intermediate School 240. His mother is a second-grade teacher at Public School 316, where Enzo was a student when he was younger.

“Having Enzo was everything,” Majao said, who spoke of the age gap between her sons. “After 14 years, we had him — for only 10 years.”

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