Two men riding on a motorcycle early this morning in Queens were allegedly hit by a drunk driver in an SUV. The incident happened around 4:15 a.m. in Richmond Hill, when a 30-year-old man driving a Cadillac Escalade heading west on Atlantic Avenue near 124th Street crashed into a blue motorcycle with two passengers, 25 and 23, on it. According to the News, the SUV driver blew a .17 on the breathalyzer. “The guy ran the stop sign. He didn't stop,” witness Raj Ramsaywack said of the SUV. “The bike was speeding, maybe 80 miles per hour. He ran right into the SUV and slammed into the door."
Ramsaywack told the News that a terrible mistake was made by first responders: they didn’t spot the bike’s wounded passenger for 20 minutes after the crash. “The cops didn't even know he was there at first,” he told them. They only noticed him after an EMS crew had left with the injured driver: “They didn't realize it until after they had already picked up the other guy.”
SUV driver Mohan Omesh, 29, has been charged with driving while intoxicated and driving without insurance and faced the possibility of additional counts. The two victims on the motorcycle were both transported to Jamaica Hospital, where they are listed in critical condition.