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Lyft Driver Killed by Suspected Drunk Driver in Maspeth Sunday

The driver of the Toyota Rav4 (pictured) was killed in Sunday morning’s crash (Photo; Christina Santucci)

June 14, 2021 By Christina Santucci

A 47-year-old Lyft driver was killed in a car crash early Sunday morning when he was struck by a driver who was allegedly impaired by alcohol, police said.

The ride-share driver had been headed southbound on Fresh Pond Road at the intersection of Elliot Avenue at about 4 a.m. when his 2016 Toyota Rav4 was hit by a 2014 Ford Explorer, the NYPD said.

Surveillance video of the crash from a nearby business showed the Ford Explorer crashing head on into the passenger side of the Toyota Rav4.

Both vehicles were heavily damaged and ended up on the sidewalk in front of a store that sells and repairs phones.

The 22-year-old man behind the wheel of the Ford Explorer was in police custody Sunday (Photo: Christina Santucci)

Emergency medical responders brought the Lyft driver to Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. His family identified him as Mohammed Hossain and said he was the father of three children, PIX11 reported.

Hossain’s 30-year-old passenger was taken to Elmhurst Hospital and treated for minor injuries, police said.

Erik Chimborazo, the 22-year-old Brooklyn resident behind the wheel of the Ford Explorer, was taken into police custody and brought to Elmhurst Hospital for evaluation.

He was charged with vehicular manslaughter, operating a vehicle without an inspection certification, license and insurance, and Driving While Ability Impaired (DWAI) by alcohol, police said.

A DWAI violation refers to having a blood alcohol content of more than .05 but less than .07, or other evidence of impairment, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

Both vehicles ended up on the sidewalk on Eliot Avenue (Photo: Christina Santucci)

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Sara Ross

My heart goes out to Mr. Hossain’s family. What was a 22 year old doing out at 4:00 a.m.??? Wherever he was coming from, I’m sure somebody saw him drink 3 beers and then get behind the wheel. Why didn’t anybody stop him? The judge that released him on $10,000. bail should be sent to small claims court or fired! The defense attorney is the standard piece of garbage representing garbage – anything for a buck I guess. So this 22 year old is out on the street, free to drive another car with no license or anything else and God forbid he kills somebody else. Same thing with the 22 year old driving a Tesla who killed the 18 year old passenger in his car. What the hell is a 22 year old doing with a Tesla???? Maybe these 2 idiots can share a cell for the next 50 years with no chance of parole.


Mr. Chimborazo should get life, no parole.
Too harsh? well, if you are reckless, and take someone’s life in the process, I think it’s just fair.

No bail, no excuses

An entire family is forever heartbroken because one selfish a-hole decides he can get loaded and drive a two ton vehicle through the streets.

What lame-ass excuse will this dirtbag give, I wonder.


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