Corona man charged over ugly hit-and-run

He allegedly hit walker in Whitestone

A 52-year-old Corona man has been charged with allegedly speeding through a stop sign and badly injuring an elderly pedestrian in Whitestone on Thanksgiving and fleeing the scene — all while under the influence of alcohol and with a suspended license.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Monday that Carmine Minichino of 46th Avenue was arraigned last Friday on a litany of charges including second-degree vehicular assault and operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

“A 71-year-old Queens man is lucky to be alive today after being hit and seriously injured while out walking in Whitestone on Thanksgiving Day,” the district attorney said in a prepared statement. “An alleged drunk driver is now charged with this near-fatal crash.”

Minichino allegedly sped his 2009 white Chevy van around 6:45 p.m. on Thanksgiving and hit Paul Sim, 71. According to Brown’s office, the collision’s impact made Sim land several feet away.

Prosecutors accuse the defendant of then running over the victim with his van and driving off.

Sim, who was hospitalized, suffered from bleeding to the brain and a compound fracture to his right leg, according to Brown’s office. Multiple surgeries will be needed to repair the injuries.

After running the victim over, Minichino allegedly stopped the van and fled on foot. He later returned, keys in hand, and was confronted by police.

He allegedly had watery and bloodshot eyes along with a moderate smell of alcohol on his breath when he came back to the scene, keys in hand.

The defendant’s blood alcohol content level was allegedly .152 — almost twice the criminal limit of .08 — when his breath was tested.

Among other charges, Minichino is also accused of second-degree assault, failing to stop at a stop sign and third-degree unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He could go to prison for up to seven years if convicted.