A speeding motorist who ran off from a Queens crash, leaving one of his passengers to die, was driving drunk without a license — and has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, cops said Thursday.
Harpreet Singh, 20, was also charged with drunk driving, leaving the scene of a fatal accident and driving without a license after he was nabbed hours after the Richmond Hill collision, cops said.
Suraj Yadav, 23, suffered a massive head injury and died at Jamaica Hospital. Two other passengers in Singh’s wrecked 2018 Honda Accord suffered minor injuries.
Singh was zipping east on Atlantic Ave. when he slammed into a Ford F-150 truck turning south onto 111th St. in Richmond Hill just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, officials said.
Video obtained by the Daily News shows the Honda hurtling through the intersection as it strikes the truck’s front end. The Accord continued east on Atlantic Ave., striking a Mercedes-Benz SUV parked near the Leahy McDonald Funeral Home.
Singh jumped out of the wrecked Honda and ran off, leaving his three injured passengers behind, witnesses told police.
A Queens Criminal Court judge ordered Singh held on $75,000 bail during a brief arraignment appearance Wednesday night.
Yadav was an Indian immigrant who moved to America four years ago to support his family back home, friends said.
“He was a really hardworking and humble guy,” said his roommate, Gurpreet Singh, 24. “He was trying to fulfill his dreams.”
“This is so unfortunate for his family,” the roommate added. “I don’t know why this happened.”
Harpreet Singh, the roommate said, was Yadav’s friend. The victim lived about two blocks from the crash scene and the foursome were driving to a nearby store, the roommate said.
The 49-year-old man driving the Ford truck refused medical attention. The 65-year-old woman behind the wheel of the parked Mercedes was taken to Jamaica Hospital with minor injuries, cops said.