A woman standing on the side of the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway was killed early Monday morning when a crash involving a drunk driver caused her to fall off the elevated roadway, police said.
Vladimir Menin, 43 of Fort Lee, New Jersey is now facing a slew of charges, including manslaughter and DWI, in the deadly fender-bender. He was also driving without a valid license, police said.
The victim, identified by police as 49-year-old Aissatou Diallo of Staten Island, was on the shoulder of the expressway just before 3 a.m. because of a flat tire, according to police. She had exited her Chevy when a Toyota Rav4 pulled in front of her to help.
While several of those vehicles’ occupants were standing on the side of the road, a BMW traveling westbound struck the Chevy from behind, which then struck Diallo, police said. She was then thrown over the barrier and landed on the roadway below — Meeker Avenue. The BMW continued going forward, hitting the Toyota before stopping.
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Diallo was taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Eight occupants from the Toyota and Chevy vehicles were also transported to Elmhurst for evaluation.
Menin, who was driving the BMW, was taken to Woodhull Hospital for non-life threatening injuries. He was later arrested on charges of manslaughter, aggravated vehicular homicide, DWI, reckless driving and aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle.