After nearly six months, a man who caused an accident on Mother’s Day that killed a mother of the Queen has been charged with murder. The driver fled the scene, leaving her trapped between cars crying for her life while her children cried desperately for help.
On Thursday, October 13, Roosevelt Rose, 56, was arrested on charges that he was the one who caused the incident on Sunday, May 8, in which Florence Ngwu, a mother of four children (two girls and two boys) died. according to a publication by Queens DA Melinda Katz.
A Queens County grand jury indicted Rose before Queens Superior Court Judge Kenneth Holder on “charges of murder, reckless driving and other crimes” in connection with the killing of the 49-year-old outside of her home in the New York borough of Jamaica in queens
In total, Rose received a seven-count indictment, which included second-degree, first- and second-degree assault, second-degree manslaughter, third-degree criminal mischief, and leaving the scene without a report.
The NYPD Collision Investigation Squad worked with the DA’s office to bring in Rose.
Daily News reported that Inspector Sylvester Ge, head of the NYPD Highway District, worked “tirelessly” for five months to create a case.
According to police reports, Rose pinned the 49-year-old nurse between two parked cars after making a U-turn in a stolen Ford F-550 at 167th Street and 120th Avenue around 8:30 a.m.
Ngwu and one of her daughters had come out to confront the driver after seeing him hit some of the cars on their block. One of the vehicles reportedly belonged to Ngwu’s daughter.
Rose drove recklessly, video of the altercation shows, reversed at the dead end and dragged one of the vehicles with her, pinning the woman against another parked car.
In the footage, Ngwu can be seen trapped between the two cars, her children screaming at her and crying, “Mom! Mummy!”
Neighbors also rushed to call 911 in hopes of getting emergency care to save the woman’s life. When support arrived, she was taken to Jamaica Hospital, where she died.
A neighbor, Calvin Williams, said: “I just wish they had stayed on the sidewalk and just called the police instead of coming out onto the street and trying to be too vigilant.”
The Queens prosecutor said: “This is a horrific incident involving the heartbreaking death of a local mother on a day that was meant to be a celebration for her and her loved ones.”
“As claimed, the defendant was driving a vehicle when he crashed into parked cars on a residential street, trapping the victim between two bumpers,” Katz said. “My office will not permit the use of motor vehicles as dangerous weapons. The accused is now in custody and will be held accountable for his alleged criminal activities.”
CCTV captured everything and showed the moment when Ngwu’s daughter Princess heard the impact and ran outside to see her mother stuck between other parked vehicles and their parked BMW sedan.
The publication states: “[Footage] of the incident shows the three people attempting to approach the accused, after which he continued his reckless attempts to overturn the truck on the narrow street. The defendant is seen on video crashing into a parked SUV while cornering, forcing the SUV to jump forward.”
“The victim and two other people were standing right next to the SUV, the force of which threw them all to the ground,” the prosecutor’s statement said.
“The victim, Florence Ngwu, fell behind the rear bumper of another parked vehicle. She was eventually pinned between the front bumper of the SUV and the rear bumper of the parked vehicle as the suspect drove away from the scene.”
Commenting on her death, one of the woman’s nieces said, “I still have a hard time accepting what happened.”
“It’s good that justice is being done that he’s serving time for what he did,” Nnenna B said of the arrest of the man who killed her aunt. “It’s not fair that anyone can just do something like him and get away with it, you know?”
Rose was already at Nassau County Correctional Center before he was brought to trial for his charges. His defense was firm and clear. He says he is innocent of the crime.
“That’s what they accuse me of, which I didn’t do,” he said. “So what do I have to say to the family? If I had done something, I would also have something to say.”
Rose will return to court on Monday December 12, 2022 and faces up to 25 years in prison.
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