Man dies after being struck by alleged drunk driver on Belt Parkway


QUEENS, NEW YORK, NY – A man has died from injuries suffered when he was struck on a roadway in Queens by an alleged drunk driver, the Daily News reports.

The victim was identified as 63-year-old Taher Ali Hassan of Cypress Hills, Brooklyn. Police said he was driving a Chevrolet Trailblazer on the Belt Parkway in South Ozone Park at about 12:30 a.m. on Dec. 9 when his vehicle hit a Nissan Pathfinder from behind near 131st Street.

Both drivers stopped their vehicles and Hassan got out of his car to check the damage from the incident.  Hassan and his SUV were then struck by a Chevrolet Malibu that was traveling at high speed.

Hassan was transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead two days later.

The driver of the Malibu that hit him was identified as 34-year-old Jason Bical of Brooklyn. Prosecutors say Bical’s blood alcohol level at the time of the crash was 0.17, more than twice the legal limit.

He was charged with first-degree vehicular assault and drunk driving.  Bical faces up to seven years in prison if convicted of the charges.

Hassan, a native of Yemen, was a father of three sons and three daughters.

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