LONG ISLAND CITY — A 50-year-old Long Island City man who allegedly drove into a 17-year-old boy —nearly killing him– has been charged with attempted murder and is currently behind bars facing up to 25-years in prison, according to the Queens District Attorney’s office.
Keith Richard allegedly drove up onto the sidewalk at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street and tried to run over a group of teens who were out egging at about 8:19 p.m. on Oct. 31, the night of Halloween. Richard allegedly struck one member of the group, Christopher Miraba, while he was running away from his vehicle.
Richard allegedly plowed into Miraba with his 2008 Dodge Caravan, then reversed his car hitting him again, before going forward and striking him a third time. He then fled the scene before stopping half a block away, according to the DA’s office.
When an eyewitness approached him, and said he had killed someone, Richard allegedly stated, “That’s what happens,” according to the DA’s office.
“A young man lies seriously injured in the hospital with multiple fractures to his skull, spine, pelvis and right leg, as well as bruising to his lungs, allegedly due to the actions of the defendant who chose to use his vehicle as a weapon to settle a minor dispute with a group of young individuals,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown, in a statement. “He now faces serious criminal charges.”
Richard has been charged with second-degree attempted murder, first degree assault, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting series physical injury and reckless driving. He is being held without bail and has been ordered to return to court Nov. 14.