EAST FLATBUSH, BROOKLYN, NY – Authorities say a pedestrian was struck and killed in Brooklyn Wednesday morning by a driver who was fleeing the scene of a previous crash, the Daily News reported.
The driver was identified as 22-year-old Michael Rajpaul of Crown Heights. He was behind the wheel of a Hyundai that hit a BMW at Glenwood Road and East 55th Street in East Flatbush at about 10:15 a.m., according to the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors said Rajpaul drove away from the scene of the crash at a high rate of speed, with the driver of the BMW in pursuit. As Rajpaul was fleeing, he hit a woman crossing the street near Glenwood Road and also struck a Honda sedan.
The 53-year-old pedestrian was transported to Kings County Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her name has not yet been released. No one else was injured in the motor vehicle accident.
Rajpaul now faces several charges, including manslaughter and reckless driving. Bail was set at $75,000. Rajpaul’s attorney said his client was being pursued followed the earlier fender-bender.
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