Nov. 1, 2017 by Nathaly Pesantez
LONG ISLAND CITY — A teenager has been hospitalized after the driver of a minivan he threw eggs at plowed into him, according to police.
The incident happened at approximately 8:19 p.m. on Oct. 31, where police received a call of a person struck at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street, police said.
Officials saw a 17-year-old male when they arrived at the scene, lying on the roadway with head and body trauma, police said. The teenager was then taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where he remains in stable condition.
A preliminary investigation found that Keith Richard, 50, got into an argument with a group of teenagers at the intersection of Jackson Avenue and 23 Street after they threw eggs at his 2008 Dodge Caravan, an NYPD spokesperson said.
Richard then made a u-turn and took a right onto the sidewalk on the north side of Jackson Avenue in an apparent attempt to strike the group of teenagers, police said. The group began to run south across Jackson Avenue when Richard followed them and struck the 17-year-old.
Richard then fled eastbound on Jackson Avenue after hitting the 17-year-old in an attempt to leave the scene, but was arrested near Pearson Street and Jackson Avenue, police said.
The 50-year-old driver was charged with attempted murder, reckless endangerment, leaving the scene of an accident, vehicular assault, and reckless driving.