Driver charged in death of elderly pedestrian after Maspeth accident: DA – QNS.com
A pickup truck driver has been criminally charged with striking an elderly Alabama woman as she attempted to cross Fresh Pond Road with the help of a pedestrian. The victim died nine days later, according to the New York Police.
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A Fresh Meadows man was criminally charged in Queens Supreme Court on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in connection with a fatal crash that killed a 75-year-old woman in Maspeth last month.
Ronnie Zino, 27, of 71st Street, was arraigned on a six-count indictment charging him with criminally negligent homicide for allegedly striking the senior with his truck as she attempted to cross Fresh Pond Road in Maspeth with the assistance of a pedestrian.
According to the charges, video surveillance shows that on October 11, at approximately 11 a.m., Zeno was driving a 2020 Dodge Ram pickup truck and stopped at a red light at the intersection of Route 60 and Fresh Pond Road. When the light turned green, Zeno waited about seven seconds before turning north onto Fresh Pond Road, where he struck Linda Lee Hirsch, of Seal, Alabama, who was using a walker and had the right of way. The impact caused Hirsch to fall and hit her head on the sidewalk.
Police from the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood responded to a 911 call about a vehicle collision with a pedestrian when they found the elderly person suffering from head trauma. EMS responded and rushed Hirsch to Elmhurst Hospital where she underwent surgery but could not be saved. She died from her injuries nine days later on October 20, according to the charges.
Zeno remained at the scene and was not injured in the collision but was taken into custody Monday and booked into the 104th Precinct following an investigation by the New York Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad. He was charged with two counts of failure to yield priority, failure to signal, failure to exercise due care, and reckless driving.
“We have seen too often the tragic results of reckless driving when motorists ignore the rules of the road,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “Anyone behind the wheel must follow the law, including yielding to pedestrians. We will hold this defendant accountable for his actions.”
Queens Supreme Court Justice Stephanie Zaro ordered Zeno to return to court on December 8. If convicted, Zeno faces up to four years in prison.