BY ARIEL HERNANDEZ
A Long Island City man who allegedly drove over a teenage boy three times following a Halloween prank could face up to 25 years in prison if convicted, the Queens district attorney said.
At approximately 8:20 p.m. on Oct. 31, Keith Richard, 50, was driving his Dodge minivan along 23rd Street when a group of teenage boys allegedly threw an egg at him.
The defendant allegedly ran a red light, pulled a U-turn and jumped the curb with the intention of hitting the group of teens.
Richard allegedly ran over Christopher Miraba, 17, reversed his vehicle and then drove forward, running over the boy three more times.
“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,” Queens DA Richard Brown said. “He now faces serious criminal charges.”
Richard is facing charges of second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting serious physical injury and reckless driving.
Richard was ordered held without bail and will return to court on Nov. 14.