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Driver in custody after killing man in Kips Bay hit-and-run and crashing on FDR Drive

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A man is in custody with a suspected DWI after he struck a pedestrian with his car in Kips Bay on Tuesday night.

According to police, at 10:16 p.m. on May 11 officers responded to a 911 call regarding a man struck by a vehicle in front of 30 Waterside Plaza. Upon their arrival, police found a 29-year-old man lying on the roadway, unconscious and unresponsive, with trauma to the head.

A preliminary investigation found that the victim was attempting to cross the service road near the incident location when he was hit by a black Honda Accord that fled northbound onto the FDR Drive. EMS rushed the victim to NYC Health & Hospitals/Bellevue, where he was later pronounced dead. His identity is being withheld pending family notification.

At 10:37 p.m. that same night, police received another call regarding a vehicle collision on the northbound FDR Drive near East 53 Street. Upon their arrival, officers found 23-year-old Jonathan Sutherland with minor injuries in a black 2007 Honda Accord. 

Officers determined that this was the same car involved in the deadly hit-and-run at Waterside Plaza and Sutherland was taken into custody under the suspicion of a DWI and transported to Weill Cornell Medical Center for treatment. Sutherland was later charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, assault, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and refusal to take a breath test.

The NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is continuing the investigation.

Updated at 3:06 p.m.

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