The early Sunday morning hit-and-run incident in Queens has claimed another victim: 20-year-old Alex Paul died at Elmhurst Hospital; his friend, 16-year-old Robert Ogle, was pronounced dead on the scene. The pair had been walking home from a party when a man driving a stolen car struck them at 62nd Avenue and 80th Street.
WABC 7 reports that police charged Kenneth Guyear, 27, with "assault, vehicular manslaughter, manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, grand larceny, DWI and driving without a license." Guyear apparently stole an idling Kia Spectra that was parked outside a deli. One of the Kia's passengers told the Daily News that he and his friends "saw an inebriated man inside the store and believe he was the one who stole the car...They called 911 after the driver peeled off." After striking the two pedestrians, Guyear fled the scene on foot but was found later with a blood alcohol level of 0.126 (the legal limit is 0.08).
The NY Times spoke to a resident, David Cunningham, who said, “I thought it was a car that had hit another car or a tree, because it was a very loud thump. I looked out the window and saw a guy in the street, and I told my wife to call 911.” Paul's friends said he had been dragged a distance; Cunningham also told the Times that he tried to reassure Paul that help was coming, “It looked like a lot of his bones were broken. He just looked like a broken rag doll.” Another resident went to check on Ogle, “I want his mother to know there were people who were with him.”
Ogle was a student at Brooklyn Tech, where his mother teaches. According to the Post, his parents knew he was going to a movie and party but asked him to make sure his cell phone was charged. His dad said, "I told him to tell us when he was coming and going, and he said, 'You worry too much.' It's unfathomable."