A vehicle hijacker in Queens saw his joyride come to an end when he struck and killed a Queens man on Sunday. Police are still on the hunt for the culprit, who stole a 2016 Mustang GT about ten minutes before the incident and allegedly “mowed down” the Queens man, who was crossing a street only a block from his home. Earl Hall, 48, was a resident of the nearby Jamaica area and well-loved by his neighbors and family.
That only makes what the hijacker did even more tragic. Unfortunately, after hitting West, the hijacker did not stop for the man, instead dragging his victim along with him before hopping to get away in another car. T
hough his family was not able to catch the hijacker in time, they were able to give an accurate description to the police, who will be on the hunt for this person until he is caught.
Stealing A Car is Criminal Enough
Stealing a car or hijacking one from someone is a bold move and might seem like harmless fun, but keep in mind that this crime is one that could result in years of prison time if you are caught by the authorities. In New York, hijacking a car is defined as robbery in the second degree, a felony offense that will already result in prison time as well as a permanent mark on your criminal record.
Adding on Homicide Will Make Penalties Harsher
In this situation, however, there were not one, but two victims. The first was the person whose car was hijacked and whose material property can always be replaced. The second, however, was Mr. West, and his life cannot be given back.
Therefore the punishment for homicide or manslaughter is much harsher and harder to fight, resulting in up to life in prison without the possibility of parole as well as some high legal fees.
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