‘Reckless’ Driver Injures Six
An allegedly reckless, red-light-running deliveryman with a suspended license and no car insurance sent a woman and five children to the hospital after a violent crash in Arverne last Thursday afternoon, according to court records.
Alexander R. Estevez, 31, was speeding west on Rockaway Freeway – traveling at about 25 mph over the posted speed limit – when he pulled onto the zebra-striped area of the roadway to pass traffic stopped at the light on Beach 60 Street, according to an eyewitness. Estevez, who was driving a white Mercury Cougar, despite being arrested for driving with a suspended license less than a week earlier, blew the red light and collided with a northbound 1998 Ford Expedition in which Arverne resident Doris Pulido, her four sons and a nephew, where passengers. The force of the collision tumbled the Expedition onto its driver side.
“He just slapped [my car] and [it] flipped... He passed the red light,” a bandaged Pulido told The Wave this week. Pulido’s left hand middle finger was broken and nearly severed in the accident. Surgeons at Jamaica Hospital’s trauma center were able to reattach the digit, which was held on by a thread of skin. Pulido also suffered bruises and injuries to her back and neck. The boys, ages 3, 6, 7, 11 and 14, suffered minor injuries and were treated and released from the hospital.
Estevez, who identified himself as a manager of Armani Restaurant in Far Rockaway, was placed under arrest at the scene after police checked Department of Motor Vehicles records and found his license was suspended at least seven times and that officers from the 100 Precinct arrested Estevez on August 7 for operating a 1994 BMW with a suspended license. Police escorted Estevez to Peninsula Hospital Center, where he was treated for injuries.
Last week’s Wave contained photographs of the accident scene and reported “Three Stretchered To Hospital After Crash.” News of more victims and Estevez’s alleged behavior was learned after press time.
According to the accident report, Estevez told police he was speeding, drove onto the zebra-stripes and ran the red light but on Monday he said he never made those statements and declined to comment further, referring the matter to his attorney.
Estevez, who lives in Manhattan according to records, is charged with 12 counts of reckless endangerment, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, reckless driving, not having insurance and driving while unlicensed. Queens Criminal Court Judge Alex J. Zigman set Estevez’s bail at $5,000 at his arraignment on August 13. Estevez is due back in court next week.