LAURELTON, Queens (PIX11) -- The man behind the wheel of a car that jumped a curb in Queens leaving one man dead and two critically injured has been charged with murder.
Kevin Weekes, 20, was arrested Sunday and now faces additional accounts of reckless endangerment and assault.
The crash happened around 8:30 Saturday night on Merrick Boulevard near 225th Street during a fight that broke out outside Vision’s Banquet Hall where a baby shower had been going on.
Kevin Lewis, 20, was a guest at the shower, but never made it home. The former high school football player was struck by a Nissan Altima that mounted the curb. He was pinned under the vehicle, and despite efforts to save him, died at the scene.
“He was the nicest person in the world,” said close friend Donte Cunningham. “You could always talk to him. He never did anything wrong. He never did anything with bad people.”
A 21-year-old woman, and a 19-year-old woman were also struck, but survived. They were taken to Jamaica Hospital in critical condition.
The driver was taken to Queens General Hospital with a stab wound in the abdomen, according to police. Investigators are trying to determine if he was driving erratically because of the injury he apparently sustained during the fight, or whether his actions were deliberate.
Several members of the Lewis family’s church, the Village Seventh-day Adventist, went to their home in Laurelton to pay their respects.
Church member Ruby Cranston said Kevin, an only child, lived with his mother and grandmother, whom he was very close to.
“He was more than a grandson. He was a kid who takes care of the house, did everything for her,” said Cranston.
Lewis had been attending Queensboro Community College and working at Toys R Us.