Suspected drunk driver charged with leaving scene of fatal Queens crash


QUEENS, NEW YORK, NY – A man is under arrest on multiple charges following a car crash in Queens early Wednesday morning that left one passenger dead and two others injured, according to the Daily News.

Police say 20-year-old Harpreet Singh was driving a Honda Accord in the area of Atlantic Avenue and 111th Street in Richmond Hill at about 1 a.m. when he went through a red light and crashed into a Ford F-150 pickup truck. The Honda continued on and hit a parked Mercedes-Benz SUV.

A passenger in the Honda, 23-year-old Suraj Yadav, was pronounced dead after being taken to Jamaica Hospital. Two other passengers sustained minor injuries. A woman in the Mercedes sustained minor injuries, while the driver of the pickup refused medical attention.

Prosecutors said Singh gave police officers a fake name when they got to the scene, claimed he was a passenger and then took off. He returned later, admitted to having been the driver, and said that he had been drinking, according to police.

Singh was arraigned Wednesday night on charges that included vehicular manslaughter, drunk driving, and leaving the scene of a fatal accident.  Investigators also said he was driving without a license.  Singh was ordered held on $75,000 bail.

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