2017-11-08 / Front Page

Halloween Driver Charged With Attempted Murder

By Liz Goff
A 50-year-old Long Island City man who ran down and critically injured a teen who was tossing eggs at cars on Halloween night has been charged with attempted murder and other crimes, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Keith Richard (aka Richard Keith) was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on November 2 on a criminal complaint charging him with attempted murder, assault, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting serious physical injury and reckless driving, Brown said. Richard was ordered held without bail at his arraignment.

According to the charges, Richard was seen driving his 2008 Dodge Caravan onto the sidewalk at the intersection of 23rd Street and Jackson Avenue in Long Island City at about 8:19 p.m. on October 31 – toward a group of people including Christopher Miraba, 17.

Miraba tried to run from the Caravan by crossing Jackson Avenue, prosecutors said. Richard followed Miraba across the street and intentionally struck the teen, reversed the vehicle over Miraba, then drove forward running over the teen for a third time before fleeing the scene without calling police.

Richard drove approximately half a block before stopping, prosecutors said. When approached by an eyewitness who said Richard had “killed a person,” Richard allegedly said, “That’s what happens,” according to prosecutors.

Miraba was taken to Elmhurst Hospital Center with a fractured skull base, multiple spinal fractures, fractured pelvis, bruised lungs, a broken right femur and broken right ankle. The teen has undergone multiple surgeries including the insertion of a rod to help heal a shattered spine, law enforcement sources said. Doctors said Miraba, quarterback of the Long Island City High School football team, would likely never play football again. The teen remains in critical condition.

“A young man lies seriously injured in the hospital with multiple fractures to his skull, spine, pelvis and right leg, as well as a bruising to his lungs, allegedly due to the actions of the defendant who chose to use his vehicle as a weapon to settle a minor dispute with a group of young individuals,” Brown said. “He now faces serious criminal charges.”

Richard is facing 25 years to life in prison, if convicted.

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