Hospital worker dies after car struck by alleged drunk driver in Queens


QUEENS, NEW YORK, NY – A man is facing charges after authorities say he drove drunk and caused a deadly crash in Queens Friday morning, according to Fox 5 New York.

Police said 22-year-old Alamin Ahmed was driving a Mercedes Benz when he went through a red light at Union Turnpike and Parsons Boulevard in Kew Gardens Hills at about 4 a.m. and hit a Toyota Camry driven by 52-year-old Daniel Crawford.

Crawford, of Bloomfield, New Jersey, was pronounced dead at Queens Hospital Center.  He was on the way to his job as a phlebotomist at that hospital when the crash occurred, the Daily News reported.

Authorities say Ahmed was driving 97 miles an hour at the time of the wreck, and a test indicated that his blood alcohol level was above the limit for impaired driving.

Ahmed, an Albany resident, was arrested and now faces several charges, including vehicular manslaughter and drunken driving. He was arraigned on Saturday and was ordered held on $25,000 cash bail.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz released a statement that read in part, “..the defendant is accused of getting behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol and criminally disregarding the rules of the road with tragic, deadly results.”

Ahmed could be sentenced to 15 years in jail if convicted.

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