Two men were killed hours apart while crossing the street in Queens, New York.
Police said on Monday one crash involved a driver who was allegedly drunk.
The first accident occurred around 3:15 p.m. on December 11. Sixty-three-year-old Kwok Cheung was on a crosswalk in Gates Avenue near Onderdonk Avenue when 21-year-old Raymond Mersier allegedly ran a stop sign and struck him.
Mersier remained at the scene and police took him into custody when they arrived. Police said he faces charges of failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to stop at a stop sign.
Cheung, 63, suffered severe head trauma. He was transported to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center where he succumbed to his injuries on Friday, cops said.
Meanwhile, the second fatal accident occurred around 8:15 p.m. Alberto Zamacona, 47, was using the crosswalk on Broadway at 61st Street when a Honda Odyssey slammed into him.
Zamacona flew up on the hood of the vehicle as the driver Jorge Samaniego allegedly ran a red light and continued driving east along Broadway.
Police said Samaniego,50, was fleeing the scene of a single-car crash at Broadway and 55th Street.
At 61st Street, he crossed oncoming traffic and hit a Toyota Prius that had stopped at a red light, police said.
This created a domino effect. The Prius hit a Toyota Sienna that was parked behind it, and this was pushed into a Jeep Grand Cherokee.
Zamacona and two of the other three drivers were taken to NYC Health and Hospitals/Elmhurst. Zamacona died on December 13 while the other drivers were said to be in stable condition.
Samaniego was arrested at the scene. Cops said he now faces charges of assault, reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving while intoxicated.
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