By Alex Israel
A Queens man has been charged with a moving violation and traffic infraction in relation to a crash that led to the death of Columbia Dean Peter Awn, according to a spokesperson from NYPD’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information (DCPI).
Shiv Kumar, 24, was arrested last week and charged with failure to yield to a pedestrian and failure to use due care after striking Awn with his vehicle at the intersection of Claremont Avenue and 116th Street, the spokesperson said.
If found guilty of both charges, Kumar could owe up to $900 and serve up to fifteen days in jail, according to New York Vehicle Traffic Law. (Failure to yield to a pedestrian, a moving violation, carries a possible sentence of up to $150 in fines; failure to use due care, a traffic infraction, carries a possible sentence of up to $750 in fines, up to fifteen days in jail, or a mandatory motor vehicle accident prevention course.)
The arrest came nearly two months after the crash, which occurred on January 25 and left Awn (pictured at left) in critical condition. He died on February 17. When asked about the delay preceding the charges, the spokesperson attributed it to the “ongoing investigation.”
Since the crash, nothing has changed on the block—despite requests from local residents and institutions.
Last month, a Department of Transportation representative said the agency was in the midst of developing a plan for safety measures on Claremont Avenue. They have not responded to a request for an update on timing or details.