QUEENS, NY – In an update to a previous story, police charged Ramon Pena with murder on Thursday, after he stole a box truck and then killed a driver during a collision in Queens.
According to New York Daily News, Pena, 37, was charged with second-degree murder for the death of 25-year-old Hamlet Cruz-Gomez. Pena killed Cruz-Gomez during a reckless driving accident on June 30.
The police report that Pena stole a delivery truck with keys in the ignition on 101st Avenue in Jamaica. Pena then sped away from the scene of the crime. Witnesses report that Pena ran multiple red lights, drove on the wrong side of the road, and crashed into at least 20 vehicles, while in the stolen box truck.
Pena drove recklessly across Queens and Brooklyn before colliding with Cruz-Gomez’s vehicle on Metropolitan Avenue near 65th Lane. Police officers report that Cruz-Gomez sustained critical injuries during the collision. Medics transported Cruz-Gomez to Elmhurst hospital for treatment. However, he died in the hospital after going into cardiac arrest.
After the collision, Pena attempted to flee the scene on foot. However, police captured him at the Metropolitan Avenue subway station.
Pena is currently being held in jail without bail, awaiting a trial set for July 10. In addition to second-degree murder, Pena has been charged with manslaughter, grand larceny, felony assault, leaving the scene of an accident, and multiple traffic violations. Pena faces 25 years to life in prison if convicted for his crimes.
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