Driver facing DWI charges in death of Brooklyn pedestrian

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BROOKYN, NEW YORK, NY – Police arrested a suspected drunk driver following the death of a pedestrian hit by a car in Brooklyn on Sunday night, amNY reports.

The NYPD responded to the scene on Atlantic Avenue near Nevins Street in the Boerum Hill section at about 7:45 p.m.  Investigators determined that the victim, 62-year-old Alina Morales, was struck by a westbound red Hyundai Sonata as she was attempting to walk across Atlantic Avenue. She was pronounced dead of her injuries at Brooklyn Hospital Center in Fort Greene. Morales was just steps away from her Atlantic Avenue home when she was hit.

The driver of the Sonata, 49-year-old Jasen Nhambiu of Brooklyn, remained at the scene of the crash but police said he refused to take a breath test.  About two hours later, he was arrested on a number of charges, including driving while intoxicated, refusal to take a breath test, and aggravated unlicensed operator under the influence of alcohol.

The New York Post reported that Nhambiu has had his license suspended five times. The NYPD said he was driving with a suspended license at the time of the fatal accident.

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