Police say that the driver who is accused of fatally striking a pedestrian early Saturday morning was intoxicated at the time.
Romulo Mieja, 42, had been driving drunk in the eastbound lane of Roosevelt Avenue in Queens just after 4 a.m. Saturday when he allegedly struck and killed an unidentified man at 92nd Street. The victim was declared dead at the scene, and Meija was apprehended by NYPD before being taken to Elmhurst General Hospital. A 35-year-old female passenger who had been riding with Meija was also given medical attention, but suffered no serious injuries.
Mieja had been driving a red Ford Focus and immediately crashed into a parked car after hitting the pedestrian, CBS reports. "I heard the cars hitting each other. I saw the dead body was right there," a witness told them.
According to NBC, Meija refused to take a breathalyzer test. Meija, a resident of Bradenton, Florida, has been charged with Vehicular Manslaughter with a previous conviction for DWI, Criminally Negligent Homicide, Aggravated Unlicensed Operator, and DWI with a previous conviction in the past 10 years.