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Drunk Driving Suspected in Queens Pedestrian Accident

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Jarod Cassidy3 years ago

Police have charged a suspected drunk driver with vehicular manslaughter following a fatal pedestrian accident in Queens on Saturday.

Details of the Queens Pedestrian Accident

According to the New York Daily News, 42-year-old Romulo Mejia of Bradenton, Florida struck and killed an unidentified pedestrian in Jackson Heights early Saturday morning.

Mejia was traveling along Roosevelt Avenue in a rental car around 4:30 am when he struck the victim near 93rd Street. Mejia swerved after hitting the pedestrian, colliding with a parked car and upending a parking meter.

The pedestrian died at the scene – Mejia and his passenger, a 35-year-old woman, were taken to Elmhurst Hospital with minor injuries.

Records show that Mejia has a previous conviction for driving while intoxicated and was driving without a license at the time of the accident.

Mejia is charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, and driving while intoxicated.

Drunk Driving Statistics

Following information provided by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD):

  • In 2012, 10,322 people were killed in drunk driving crashes – that averages to one death every 51 minutes.
  • A person is injured in a drunk driving accident every 90 seconds.
  • Roughly one-third of all drivers arrested for driving while intoxicated are repeat offenders.
  • Nearly one out of every three people will be involved in a drunk driving crash during their lifetime.


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