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Driver Mows Down Teen Who Threw Eggs at His Car on Halloween, Police Say

November 1, 2017 11:45am | Updated November 1, 2017 11:45am
Keith Richard, 50, drove his car onto the sidewalk on Jackson Avenue, striking a 17-year-old boy, police said.
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LONG ISLAND CITY — A man drove his minivan onto a sidewalk to mow down a 17-year-old who had been with a group of teens throwing eggs at his car on Halloween night, police said. 

Keith Richard, 50, was in his Dodge minivan when he got into an argument with the teens, who had tossed the eggs at his vehicle near Jackson Avenue and 23rd Street about 8:20 p.m., police said.

As the teens tried to run away, Richard drove after them with his van, making a U-turn onto the sidewalk on the northern side of Jackson Avenue before slamming into the group, police said.

He struck a 17-year-old, whose name wasn't immediately released, before fleeing the scene on foot, police said.

The teen was treated at Elmhurst Hospital and was listed in stable condition, officials said. 

Richard, who lives nearby on Jackson Avenue and Crane Street, was arrested soon after, police said. He was charged with attempted murder, reckless endangerment, leaving scene of an accident, vehicular assault and reckless driving, according to police. 

He had not yet been arraigned Wednesday morning, according to the Queens District Attorney's office. Information on his defense attorney was not immediately available.