Teen Riding E-Scooter Killed In Hit-And-Run In Queens
The New York Daily News reports that a teenager was killed in a hit-and-run while riding an e-scooter in Queens.
18-year-old Eternity Stephens was riding a TAILG electric scooter owned by her father on October 12th with her girlfriend, a 23-year-old female on the back. As she traveled south on Rockaway Blvd., a 2013 Infiniti G37 rear ended the couple.
The driver fled the scene.
Stevens died at Jamaica Hospital of the head injuries she sustained three days after the accident. Her girlfriend suffered from hip and head injuries.
Police arrested 55-year-old Charles Fleming shortly after the crash in nearby Long Island for driving while intoxicated. He was eventually charged with leaving the scene of an accident, vehicular assault, and DWI for the crash in Queens. Those charges may be upgraded now that Stephens has died.
Fleming was released on $150,000 bail.
Vehicular manslaughter charges are often reserved in New York for someone who has driven while intoxicated and killed someone as a result. There are three possibilities for the degree of vehicular manslaughter charges: first-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, and aggravated vehicular manslaughter.
The penalties vary for each offense, with second-degree vehicular manslaughter being the least serious offense and aggravated vehicular manslaughter being the most serious. The penalties for vehicular manslaughter range from seven to twenty-five years in prison. Each of the charges are felonies, which means that they go on a person’s permanent record.