Monsey mourns toddler hit by taxi

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MONSEY -

Nearly 100 people gathered in the rain Monday for the funeral of a 15-month-old boy who was hit by a taxi Sunday in Monsey.

Police say 41-year-old cab driver Jorge Garrangui-Castillo, of Monsey, picked up someone at a multifamily home on Johanna Lane and was backing out of the driveway when he hit Ephraim Szydlow. 

Officials say Szydlow was rushed to Good Samaritan Hospital but could not be saved.

Garrangui-Castillo remained at the scene and was ticketed for driving without a license. Police say there was no evidence of alcohol or drug involvement.

Police say the little boy lived at the home and was an only child. Neighbors also tell News 12 the family had moved to the neighborhood just a short time ago.

This is the second time in a little over a month the community has dealt with this type of tragedy. In July, another baby died after being hit by a car on the side of the road of Route 59 in Monsey. 

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