Man indicted in Middletown hit-and-run



GOSHEN – The Orange County grand jury has indicted a Middletown man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run incident that he committed in Middletown.
The indictment charges Fredy Quizhpe, 24, with 38 counts, the most serious of which is murder.  Quizhpe is in the Orange County Jail in lieu of $500,000 cash bail or $1.5 million bond.
In the early morning hours of December 28, 2014, Quizhpe drove his van through the parking lot near the Shortline Bus Terminal in Middletown, toward four men who were walking through the lot on their way to a taxi stand.
Quizhpe struck one of the men, knocking him to the ground As the other three tried to assist their friend, Quizhpe circled around them in his vehicle and then the injured man two more times, dragging him under his vehicle. One of the other men was also hit.
Quizhpe then drove off leaving the first man dying and the second man with an arm broken in three places and injuries to his legs.
Quizhpe led police on a chase along the streets of Middletown and the Town of Wallkill before stopping his van in the Town of Montgomery. When he stopped, he refused to unlock his door and did not comply with police orders. Officers were forced to smash a window with a police baton in order to gain access.  Quizhpe resisted arrest after he was removed from the van.
An analysis of his blood later revealed he had a blood-alcohol level of .21, more than twice the legal limit.
“Driving while intoxicated by itself endangers every innocent person on the road, but people who do that, and on top of it intentionally injure and kill pedestrians with their vehicles, are in a special class of criminals that deserve the most severe punishment,” said District Attorney David Hoovler.   

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