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QUEENS MAN INDICTED ON VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, DWI AND OTHER CHARGES IN DEADLY RICHMOND HILL CRASH

Faces up to 25 Years in Prison if Convicted

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Tamir Khan was arraigned today in Queens Supreme Court on an indictment charging him with aggravated vehicular homicide, driving under the influence and other crimes for a deadly collision in the early morning hours of June 5 that killed two neighbors from South Ozone Park.

DA Katz said: “This young man’s alleged reckless actions have left the families of two victims devastated. My office will hold accountable those who choose to disregard the rules of the road including by getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, speeding, ignoring traffic signs and even driving with tinted windows.”

Khan, 22, of 117th Street in Richmond Hill, was arraigned today in Queens Supreme Court on an 18-count indictment charging him with aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of manslaughter in the second degree, vehicular manslaughter in the first degree, two counts of vehicle manslaughter in the second degree, two counts of assault in the second degree, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, two counts of criminally negligent homicide, two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, reckless driving, driving in excess of the maximum speed limit, failing to stop at a sign and two counts of operating a motor vehicle with a tinted window. Justice Michael Aloise set a return date of September 7. If convicted, Khan faces up to 25 years in prison.

According to the charges, on June 5, at approximately 4:24 a.m., Khan was driving a gray Audi A4 northbound on 117th Street at a high rate of speed and failed to stop at a stop sign at the intersection with 111th Avenue in Richmond Hill.

Khan struck a silver 2001 Toyota Camry heading westbound on 111th Avenue and continued driving. The Camry spun and hit a utility pole. Khan returned to the crash location approximately 30 minutes after the collision and admitted to driving the vehicle.

The driver of the Camry, Inderdeo John, 64, of South Ozone Park, was pronounced dead at a local hospital later that morning. John’s passenger and neighbor, Charles Harris, 71, who was being driven to work, died the next day from head and chest injuries sustained in the collision.

An intoxilyzer exam given to Khan approximately two hours after the crash indicated that he had a blood alcohol content of .09 percent, which was above the DWI threshold of .08 percent.

The Audi’s windshield was tinted and had a light transmittance of 37% and the light transmittance on the front driver’s side window was 17%. Neither met the legal threshold of 70% or greater.

Assistant District Attorney Katherine McCabe of the District Attorney’s Career Criminal Major Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Michael Whitney, Bureau Chief, and under the overall supervision of Executive Assistant District Attorney for Major Crimes Shawn Clark.

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