Drunk driver smashes into crowd killing 21-year-old pre-med student


Student killed: Michael Joefield, 21, a pre-med student at Medgar Evers College, was struck and killed while rollerblading in Brooklyn on Saturday night A suspected drunk driver struck and killed a 21-year-old college student who was out rollerblading in Brooklyn over the weekend.

Police say Terrance Smith, 37, also smashed into several parked cars before fleeing on foot, leaving Michael Joefield dead and five other people injured.

Smith was taken into custody a short time later.

Authorities say Smith, of Bedford Heights, Ohio, faces charges including driving while impaired and leaving the scene of an accident.

Police say the 37-year-old was driving on Powell Street in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn at around 8.30pm on Saturday when he struck Joefield, a second-year biology major at Medgar Evers College.

Investigators later revealed that Smith had been arguing with his passenger when the fatal accident happened.

Driver arrested: Terrence Smith, 37, was allegedly drunk when he smashed into Joefield, then struck multiple vehicles, sending five people to the hospital 

Driver arrested: Terrence Smith, 37, was allegedly drunk when he smashed into Joefield, then struck multiple vehicles, sending five people to the hospital

Wreck: Smith's black 2012 Infiniti is pictured at the spot where it came to a stop after smashing into a parked van  

The impact knocked Joefield’s rollerblades off his feet and he was dragged behind Smith’s black 2012 Infiniti, which then crashed into two cars waiting at a stop sign, reported the station Pix11.

He then careened into a van and two parked vehicles, according to the NYPD.

When the suspect’s car finally came to a halt, the 37-year-old got out and allegedly tried to flee, but responding officers caught up with him a few blocks away.

Joefield was pronounced dead at the scene. Five other people were taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, among them Smith’s passenger. The driver was also hospitalized.

Video shot by a news station showed the suspect inside an ambulance wearing a neck brace and with blood on his face.

Joefield's body was dragged by Smith's vehicle as it careened into two cars waiting at a stop sign; he was pronounced dead at the scene  

Athelte: Joefield, an archery student, was supposed to attend a class with his father at Sirat Al Sayf studio, a mixed martial arts academy, but his dad was too tired

The 21-year-old victim was an archery student at Sirat Al Sayf studio, a mixed martial arts academy in Brooklyn, where owner Najee Hassan and his wife, Rahma, described Joefield to CBS New York as a person who had a lot to offer and who was a great son to his father, who also attended classes at the fitness center.

The deceased man’s heartbroken dad, Hamza Abdul Aziz, told ABC 7 New York he was supposed to go with his son to an MMA class on Saturday night but was too tired and ended up learning of Michael’s death from a newscast.

‘I happened to watch my TV, and I saw the rollerblade on the street, and it hit me like a ton of bricks. I said, ‘let me call my son, and make sure it’s not him,’ Aziz said.

Joefield was a second-year biology major who wanted to become a veterinarian   He worked part time as a florist and had a girlfriend of more than three years

Mr Aziz said his son had a part-time job and aspired to become a veterinarian. Above all, he said, the 21-year-old was a ‘good person.’

‘I couldn’t wish for anything better, a batter son. And I was blessed, truly blessed to have a great son,’ he added.

Speaking to the New York Post, Joefield’s girlfriend of more than three years, 22-year-old Alexis Parker, said that her boyfriend was very smart and driven, and had an off-beat sense of humor.

She added that she does not care what happens to the driver who struck him because nothing will bring Michael back.

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