RIDGEWOOD, QUEENS – A man is facing charges in connection with an accident that killed an elderly pedestrian in Queens last month.
Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz issued a news release announcing the charges against 27-year-old Rony Zino of Flushing. The accident took place October 11 in the vicinity of 60th Road and Fresh Pond Road in Ridgewood at about 11 a.m.
Video surveillance showed that Zino was driving a 2020 Dodge Ram pickup truck and had stopped at a red light at the intersection. Prosecutors said that when the light turned green, Zino waited about seven seconds before turning north onto Fresh Pond Road and striking 75-year-old Linda Lee Hirsch of Seale, Alabama. The impact knocked Hirsch to the pavement.
She was rushed to an area hospital and underwent surgery, but was pronounced dead on October 20. According to the charges, Hirsch was using a walker to cross the street and had the right of way.
Zino was arrested Monday after being indicted on six counts, including criminally negligent homicide, failure to yield, reckless driving and failure to exercise due care.
“We have too often seen the tragic results of reckless driving when motorists ignore the rules of the road,” said District Attorney Katz. “It is incumbent upon anyone who gets behind the wheel to follow the law, including yielding to pedestrians. We will hold this defendant accountable for his actions.”
If convicted, Zino faces up to 4 years in prison. At his arraignment, he was ordered to return to court on December 8.
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