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The intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 217th Street in Queens Village, where a fatal accident occurred on July 7.

A tow truck driver from Richmond Hill faces misdemeanor charges after fatally striking a 70-year-old woman as she attempted to cross a busy Queens Village street last Friday afternoon, law enforcement sources said.

According to police, Mandeep Singh, 29, of 123rd Street was driving a 2007 Ford tow truck southbound on 217th Street and stopped at a red light at Jamaica Avenue at around 2:37 p.m. on July 7.

When the light turned green, authorities said, Singh turned the vehicle left onto the eastbound lanes of Jamaica Avenue and struck Donna Hahl, 70, of Valley Stream as she was walking across Jamaica Avenue. Singh stopped his vehicle and remained at the location.

Officers from the 105th Precinct and EMS units rushed to the location after receiving a 911 call about the incident. Hahl, who suffered trauma to her head and body, was rushed to Jamaica Hospital, where she died a short time later.

Following question, police took Singh into custody on charges including failure to exercise due care and failing to yield the right of way. Court records indicated that he was released without bail following arraignment and is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 24.

Additional charges may be pending the results of the ongoing investigation.


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