Drunk Driver Held In LIC Fatality
A drunken driver found himself behind bars this week after he struck and killed an Asian deliveryman on a motor scooter in Long Island City on February 12.
Police said the victim, Jiangiu Chen, 52, was riding on the Long Island Expressway service road near 39th Street in Long Island City at about 8 p.m. on Friday when he was struck by a 2004 Ford Explorer driven by Richard Contreras, 28.
The driver, Contreras, fled the scene, before Chen’s body dislodged from the Explorer about a block from the accident scene, police sources said.
Police who canvassed the area found the Explorer parked on nearby Greenpoint Avenue with significant front end damage.
Contreras, who lives on Greenpoint Avenue, was arrested a short while later and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and driving while intoxicated.
Police said Contreras, who had a blood alcohol level of .095 when he was tested after his arrest, has a prior DWI arrest from September 2009.
Contreras was held in lieu of $7,500 bail at his arraignment at Queens Criminal Court.
Chen, who lived with his wife in Elmhurst, came to the United States several years ago, seeking a better life, co-workers at the Ten Full Kitchen said.
A manager at the Ten Full Kitchen said Chen started working at the Sunnyside restaurant a few years ago. Owner Lydia Kwok said she was planning to decorate the restaurant to celebrate the Chinese New Year, but is instead mourning Chen. “There will be no decorations,” Kwok said. “We are too sad to celebrate.”—Liz Goff