A 50-year-old Long Island City resident whose car was hit pelted with eggs by teenagers on Halloween night retaliated by running over a 17-year-old with his car.
According to police, Keith Richard was driving a 2008 Dodge caravan when he started arguing with teenagers who had vandalized his car at the intersection of 23rd Street and Jackson Avenue at about 8:19 p.m.
Richard started following the teenagers, making a U-turn on 23rd Street and then turning right on Jackson Avenue onto the sidewalk, where the group was trying to run away.
He slammed into the group, hitting 17-year-old Christopher Miraba, according to Queens District Attorney Ricard A. Brown. Richardreversed his car and intentionally hit Miraba for a second time before putting his car into drive and hitting him for a third time.
When a bystander approached the vehicle and told Richardson he had killed a person, Richard allegedly said, “That’s what happens.”
When officers arrived at the scene, they found the teenager on the ground with a fractured skull base, multiple spinal fractures, bruised lungs, a broken right femur, a pelvic fracture and a broken right ankle.He was taken to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition.
Police said Richardson was arrested soon after near a Bank of America at 24-10 Jackson Ave., a short distance from his home.
He was charged with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting serious physical injury and reckless driving. Richard faces up to 25 years in prison and was ordered to return to court on Nov. 14.