Driver arrested in crash that killed 9-year-old girl

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CANARSIE, Brooklyn (PIX11/AP) – A 62-year-old driver has been arrested in connection with a crash that killed a 9-year-old girl and injured five other people in Brooklyn, police said Monday.

Kenneth Palache, of Huntington, Long Island, faces charges of criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and operating a motor vehicle without a license.

Two blocks away from the crash site, police said officers tried to pull over Palache because his car matched the description of a vehicle involved in an earlier hit-and-run. But when officers approached Palache’s car, the driver allegedly took off.

Traveling home from church with a friend and her friend’s mother, Rebecca Ramnarine, of Queens, was a passenger in a sedan when Palache’s Honda minivan struck it near Avenue N and Remsen Avenue about 5 p.m. Sunday, police said.

Officials said the minivan also struck another vehicle.

The 9-year-old girl, whose family said wanted to grow up to be a pediatrician, was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Two other occupants in the sedan and three people in the other vehicle were hospitalized in stable condition.

Rebecca Ramnarine, 9, was killed in a crash at a Brooklyn intersection on Sunday, May 4, 2014. (Photo: Ramnarine Family)

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