NYPD: Huntington man charged in Brooklyn crash that killed 9-year-old girl

Police escort Kenneth Palache, 62, out of the

Police escort Kenneth Palache, 62, out of the 69th Precinct on May 5, 2014, after he was charged with leaving the scene of an accident after fatally striking 9-year-old Rebecca Ramnarine at Remsen Avenue and Avenue N in Canarsie. (Credit: WABC)

A Huntington man fleeing the scene of an accident crashed his minivan into two other vehicles in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn, killing a 9-year-old girl from Queens and injuring five other people, police said.

Kenneth Palache, 62, of 58 Lafayette St., was arrested at the scene of the second crash Sunday afternoon and charged with criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, leaving the scene of an accident, failure to show license, and aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, the NYPD said Monday.

Arraignment details were not immediately available.


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Rebecca Ramnarine, of the Jamaica section, a passenger in the Hyundai Elantra that police said was struck by Palache's 2002 Honda Odyssey, was pronounced dead at Brookdale University Hospital and Medical Center, police said.

Palache is suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run accident within the boundaries of "the same command," the NYPD's 69th Precinct, minutes before the fatal crash, which occurred at 4:58 p.m. at Remsen Avenue and Avenue N, police said.

There were no significant injuries in the first crash, which involved one other vehicle and occurred just a few blocks from the second, fatal collision..

Police said that after the first crash, Palache drove his vehicle south on Remsen, striking the Hyundai Elantra and a 2012 Toyota Siena, both of which were westbound on Avenue N. Two other occupants of the Hyundai and three in the Toyota were also taken to Brookdale, where they were all listed in stable condition Monday, police said.

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