NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — A Brooklyn driver who fatally struck a 6-year-old girl over the summer has been indicted on homicide and other charges in connection to the incident.
Qiuhua Zhu, 30, of Sunset Park, is charged with second-degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, second-degree assault and related charges for striking and killing the girl, Tamy Hiromi Quema Guachiac, as she crossed a street in Dyker Heights on Aug. 24.
“This defendant allegedly recklessly drove into oncoming traffic to get around a vehicle that was in front of him and ended up striking and killing an innocent child,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez. “We will now seek to hold him accountable for his actions. I am committed to protecting pedestrians and all who use our streets from unsafe drivers who endanger our community.”
According to the DA, Zhu was observed driving recklessly in a 2017 Lexus GX460 heading southbound on 12th Avenue. Witnesses said he was crossing over the solid yellow lines on the street and driving into the opposite lane of traffic.
The DA said that as another vehicle was stopped at the intersection of 67th Street and 12th Avenue to allow the child to cross the street – while the pedestrian signal was in her favor – Zhu drove around the vehicle and struck the girl.
She was immediately transported to Maimonides Medical Center and died a short time later.
Zhu was ordered to return to court on Dec. 1. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted of the top count.