A man lost his life on Memorial Day night after being fatally struck by a drugged out driver of an SUV in Flushing, according to police.
At 8:35 p.m. on May 29, police officers from the 109th Precinct responded to a 911 call of a motor vehicle collision involving a pedestrian in the vicinity of 149th Street and 46th Avenue.
Upon their arrival, officers found Jinhe Niu, 67, of Jasmine Avenue, who was unconscious and unresponsive and suffered trauma to her body.
EMS responded to the scene and transported Niu to Flushing Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A preliminary investigation found that a silver Ford Explorer, driven by Wesley Leung, 46, of Clearview Expressway in Bayside was traveling eastbound on 46th Avenue when it struck Niu, who was attempting to cross the street mid-block at the time of the incident.
Leung remained at the scene following the incident. A field sobriety test allegedly found that his blood alcohol content read .037 and a Drager drug test allegedly revealed that Leung tested positive for THC-5.
Leung was taken into custody and arraigned before the Queens Criminal Court on charges of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and driving while impaired. He is being held on a $150,000 bond or $75,000 cash and is order to return to court on June 28. If convicted, Leung faces up to seven years in prison.