Thursday, May 15, 2014
A 62-year-old man has been indicted in the vehicular death of a nine-year-old Guyanese girl in New York two weeks ago.
Kenneth Palache, 62, of Long Island, New York has been charged with manslaughter in the second degree for rear-ending a vehicle stopped at a red light while fleeing from police and causing the death of Rebecca Ramnarine, according to court documents. If convicted, Palache faces five to 15 years in prison.
On May 4, about 4:40 pm, police responded to a collision on Foster Avenue and East 87th Street in Brooklyn involving a jeep and Honda minivan. The minivan was driven by Palache and had run a red light before striking the jeep. Palache, who was driving with a suspended license, then left the scene of the accident and drove to a bus stop where police observed him. As officers pulled behind the car, he allegedly drove away at an excessive rate of speed, striking a SUV and running through a steady red light without stopping as police pursued him.
Ramnarine was seated in the rear of a Hyundai Elantra, and was pinned inside the vehicle. The female driver of the Hyundai suffered cranial bleeding, and a fractured pelvis and her 11-year-old daughter sustained a fractured pelvis as well. Emergency personnel removed Ramnarine from the vehicle and she was pronounced dead at Brookdale University Hospital in Brooklyn.