Arrest made in Queens crash that killed mother, injured daughter

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SOUTH OZONE PARK, Queens — An arrest has been made in a crash that killed a mother and injured her daughter over the weekend in Queens.

Jairam Budhu, 58, of 125th Street, Queens, faces manslaughter charges after being involved in a crash that happened around 5 p.m. when his vehicle collided with another at the intersection of 115th Avenue and 130th Street in South Ozone Park.

Police say Budhu was driving a BMW X5 westbound on 115th Avenue, ignored a stop sign and slammed into a Toyota Corolla that was heading northbound.

The BMW continued on and hit three more cars before stopping. Budhu then fled the scene, police say.

Zaalika Rasool, 40, was ejected from the rear of the Corolla and pronounced dead at the scene.

Rasool’s 9-year-old daughter was also ejected from the rear of the car. She was taken to the hospital in critical condition.

Budhu was later arrested and charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault, leaving the scene of an accident causing death, leaving the scene of an accident causing injury, aggravated unlicensed operator.

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