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Man killed in alleged DWI hit

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Posted: Thursday, March 7, 2013 10:30 am

A pedestrian was killed after being hit by a man who police allege was driving while drunk on a busy Woodhaven street in the middle of the day.

On Wednesday, Feb. 27 at 4:29 p.m., police responded to the scene of an accident at Jamaica Avenue and 80th Street in Woodhaven, a block from the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and Forest Parkway — one of the busiest corners in the neighborhood.

After arriving, they discovered a pedestrian, John Eberling, 76, of 88-72 77 St. in Woodhaven, who was crossing Jamaica Avenue, from the south side to the north, when he was struck by a maroon Nissan Pathfinder heading east on Jamaica Avenue.Eberling was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

The driver of the vehicle, Viveshydal Thakoordyal, 47, of Richmond Hill, was given a breathalyzer test at the scene that revealed his blood alcohol level was over the legal limit. He was arrested at scene with charged with DWI and vehicular manslaughter in the second degree.

— Domenick Rafter

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