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Richmond Hill man criminally charged with vehicular homicide, DWI, in fatal collision that killed two: DA

Jun. 6, 2023 By Bill Parry

A Richmond Hill man was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court Tuesday on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and a slew of other crimes for a collision early Monday morning that killed two South Ozone Park men during a horrific chain-reaction collision in their neighborhood.

Tamir Khan, 22, of 117th Street, was arraigned before Queens Criminal Court Judge Scott Dunn on a criminal complaint charging him with aggravated vehicular homicide, aggravated vehicular assault, manslaughter in the second degree, vehicular assault in the first degree, assault in the second degree, vehicular manslaughter in the second degree, vehicular assault in the second degree, criminally negligent homicide, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, failure to stop at a stop sign and having tinted windows.

According to the charges, Khan was behind the wheel of a 2013 Audi A4 traveling northbound on 117th Street at a high rate of speed and blew through a stop sign at the intersection of 111th Avenue. Khan smashed into a 2001 Toyota Camry that was heading westbound on 111th Avenue and was sent spinning out of control before striking a wooden utility pole at the location. Khan continued northbound on 117th Street striking two unoccupied parked vehicles, police said. Khan returned to the crash scene about a half hour after the collision.

The driver of the Camry, 64-year-old John Inderdeo, of 128th Street, was rushed by EMS to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead later in the morning. The front seat passenger, 71-year-old Charles Harris, of 128th Street, was also transported by EMS to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition, but succumbed to his injuries early Tuesday morning, according to the charges.

Khan was taken into custody and taken to the 106th Precinct where he was booked and had a blood alcohol content of .09%. The DWI standard is .08 or above.

“This was a horrific collision that we allege was caused by the defendant’s complete disregard for the rules of the road and for the lives of other motorists and pedestrians,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said. “We will seek justice for the victims and their loved ones.”

Judge Scott set a return date of June 9. If convicted, Khan faces up to 25 years in prison.

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