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Driver who killed mother and injured daughter faces manslaughter charges: DA

Posted at 12:35 PM, Jul 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-20 12:37:23-04
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Jairam Budhu faces manslaughter charges after running a stop sign and ramming his car into another.(Photo: Thinkstock)

SOUTH OZONE PARK, Queens — A College Point man who killed a mother and injured her daughter in a Sunday car crash was charged with vehicular manslaughter by the District Attorney on Wednesday.

Jairam Budhu, a 58-year-old man who was allegedly driving with a suspended license, slammed his BMW into Zaalika Rasool’s car after speeding through a stop sign at more than 60 mph in a 25 mph zone. Rasool, 40, and her nine-year-old daughter were ejected from the car.

“What may have started out as an uneventful day turned horrifically tragic for a young family when the defendant allegedly sped through a stop sign and crashed into their stopped vehicle, allegedly causing a mother and her young daughter to be ejected through their vehicle’s back window and which resulted in the death of the mother and serious injury to her child,” said DA Richard Brown.

Budhu, who hit three more cars before stopping, fled the scene, according to court documents. Police found him drinking outside Tuesday morning and arrested him. Budhu was arraigned today and ordered held without bail. He faces charges of second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault and criminal negligent homicide. Budhu is scheduled to be back in court on Aug. 3.

The nine year old girl is still hospitalized with serious physical injuries, including trauma to the head.