Drunk Driver Indicted For Murder in Fatal Middletown Hit and Run - Daily Hudson Valley News

Drunk Driver Indicted For Murder in Fatal Middletown Hit and Run

Feb 7th, 2015 | By | Category: Featured Articles

Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that Fredy Quizhpe, 24, of Middletown, has been indicted by an Orange County grand jury in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that he committed in the City of Middletown. The indictment charges Quizhpe with 38 counts, the most serious of which is Murder in the Second Degree. Quizhpe was arraigned before County Court Judge Jeffrey G. Berry, and was ordered held in Orange County Jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bail or $1.5 million dollar bond. Quizhpe is next scheduled to appear in County Court on February 27, 2015.

In the early-morning hours of December 28, 2014, Quizhpe drove his van through the parking lot near the Shortline Bus Terminal in the City of Middletown, toward four men that were walking through the lot on their way to a taxi stand. Quizhpe hit one of the men, knocking him to the ground. As the other three men tried to assist their friend, Quizhpe circled around them in his vehicle. Quizhpe then lined his car up with the injured man on the pavement, accelerated toward him, and hit him again, along with one of the other three men. Quizhpe circled around again, and hit the first man a third time, dragging him under the van. Quizhpe then drove away, onto State Route 211, leaving the first man dying and the second man with an arm broken in three places and injuries to his legs.

Quizhpe led police on a chase along the streets of Middletown and into Wallkill, before finally stopping his van in the Town of Montgomery. After he finally did stop, Quizhpe refused to unlock the door to the van and did not comply with police orders. The police were forced to smash the van’s window with a police baton in order to gain access. Quizhpe resisted arrest after he was removed from the van. An analysis of Quizhpe’s blood later revealed that he had a blood-alcohol level of .21, more than twice the legal limit.

District Attorney Hoovler thanked the City of Middletown, Town of Wallkill, Town of Montgomery Police Departments as well as the New York State Police for their assistance in the investigation of the case and the apprehension of Quizhpe.

“Driving while intoxicated by itself endangers every innocent person on the road,” said District Attorney Hoovler, “but people who do that, and on top of it intentionally injure and kill pedestrians with their vehicles, are in a special class of criminals that deserve the most-severe punishment. My office will do everything in its power to see that they get what they deserve.”

Assistant District Attorney Julie Mohl is assigned to the prosecution of the case.

A criminal charge is merely an allegation by the police that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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