On Tuesday, a New York judge issued an arrest warrant for a driver alleged to have killed a Lyft driver while drunk. According to CBS Local News, 22-year-old Erik Chimborazo was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday but didn’t show up. Prosecutors said they fought to have Chimborazo electronically monitored or remanded but the court released him after his initial arrest.
Police said Chimborazo was driving drunk, ran a red light, and t-boned 47-year-old Mohammad Hossain‘s car on June 13th around 4 am in Maspeth Queens. Hossain working as a Lyft driver was giving a passenger a ride when his car was struck. Hossain passed away but the passenger survived.
Authorities said Chimborazo blew twice the legal alcohol limit and was unlicensed and uninsured.
Chimborazo was charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving under the influence of alcohol, and operating a vehicle without proper papers.
Mohammad Hossain immigrated from Bangladesh to New York 12-years-ago. He was the sole breadwinner for his wife and three kids.
A Gofundme was set up to help the family financially.
His wife, Kulsama Jahan Baby told CBS News New York she wanted Erik Chimborazo to come forward and accept his guilt.
“He just took everything away in an instant. Please just come forward please,” she said. “I just want him to come forward and accept his guilt, you know? He has done so much damage.”
Hossain’s family said they told prosecutors they believed Chimborazo would take off. Chimborazo was supposed to turn in his passport on Tuesday but never showed up. Hossain’s brother-in-law doesn’t think authorities will find Chimborazo.
“I think he’s gone … If we can’t find out how a person comes into the United States, we can’t find out how a person leaves the United States as well,” the victim’s brother-in-law, Rezaul Rahmen said.