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Lyft driver beaten up, killed by suspected drunk driver in Maspeth, Queens: NYPD


MASPETH, Queens (WABC) – A Lyft driver was killed by a suspected drunk driver in a crash Sunday morning in Queens, police said.

The family identified the Lyft driver as Mohammed Hossain, a father of three who lives in Brooklyn.

The incident happened around 4 a.m. at the intersection of Fresh Pond Road and Elliott Avenue in Maspeth.

Police said the driver turned on a red light and boned the driver in livery. Surveillance video showed the impact of the accident.

The 47-year-old victim was taken to Wyckoff hospital where she was pronounced dead.

His passenger also suffered minor injuries.

Authorities said Erik Chimborazo, the 22-year-old suspected drunk driver, left the scene on foot, but later returned and was arrested.

He was taken into custody and transferred to NYC Health + Hospital / Elmhurst for evaluation.

He was subsequently charged with manslaughter while driving, driving without inspection, driving without insurance, driving without a license and DWAI (impaired driving).

Neighbors reacted after hearing about the crash.

“It looked like a car crashed into a parked car,” resident Mike Boyle said. “It didn’t seem like something high speed to me, and I was surprised when I saw what happened.”

The identity of the Lyft driver has not been disclosed.

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