[www.inewsguyana.com] – A 62 year old man has been indicted in the vehicular death of a 9-year-old Guyanese girl here two weeks ago.
Kenneth Palache, 62, of Long Island, New York has been charged with manslaughter in the second degree for “rear-ending a vehicle stopped at a red light while fleeing from police and causing the death of Rebecca Ramnarine.” If convicted, Palache faces 5-15 years in prison.
According to court documents, on May 4, about 4:40 p.m., police responded to a collision on Foster Avenue and East 87th Street in Brooklyn involving a jeep and Honda minivan.
The minivan was driven by Palache “and had run a red light before striking the jeep.
According to Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth P. Thompson, Palache, who was driving with a suspended license, then left the scene of the accident, and drove to Remsen Avenue and Avenue L where police officers observed the defendant’s vehicle pull into a bus stop.
“As officers pulled behind Palache’s car, he allegedly drove away at an excessive rate of speed, striking a Nissan SUV and running through a steady red light without stopping as police pursued him,” Thompson said.
The Brooklyn District Attorney said Ramnarine was seated in the rear of the Hyundai Elantra, and was pinned inside the vehicle.
The female driver of the Hyundai suffered cranial bleeding, and a fractured pelvis, said Thompson, adding that her 11-year-old daughter sustained a fractured pelvis as well.
The occupants of the Toyota Sienna also suffered numerous injuries, including a passenger who sustained a spinal injury.
Emergency personnel removed Ramnarine from the vehicle and she was pronounced dead at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn.
Her funeral service was held in Brooklyn on Wednesday night. (NEW YORK, United States, Thursday May 15, 2014, CMC)