A Long Island man fleeing the scene of an accident crashed his minivan into two other vehicles in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, killing 9-year-old Rebecca Ramnarine and injuring five others, police said.
Kenneth Palache, 62, of 58 Lafayette St., was arrested at the scene of the second crash Sunday afternoon and charged with criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to show license, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, the NYPD said Monday.
Arraignment details were not immediately available.
Rebecca Ramnarine, of the Jamaica section, a passenger in the Hyundai Elantra that police said was struck by Palache's 2002 Honda Odyssey, was pronounced dead at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, police said.
Palache is suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run accident within the boundaries of "the same command," the NYPD's 69th Precinct, minutes before the fatal crash, which occurred at 4:58 p.m. at the intersection of Remsen Avenue and Avenue N, police said.
There were no significant injuries in the first crash, which involved one other vehicle and occurred "within close proximity" to the second, fatal collision, blocks away.
Police said that after the first crash, Palache drove his vehicle southbound on Remsen, striking the Hyundai Elantra and a 2012 Toyota Siena, both of which were westbound on Avenue N. Two other occupants of the Hyundai and three in the Toyota were also taken to Brookdale, where they were all were in stable condition Monday, police said.