Gothamist: “Driver Kills 3-Year-Old In Queens, DMV Voids His Tickets”

Just over a year ago, 3-year-old Allison Liao was killed by an SUV driver while crossing a street with her grandmother in Flushing, Queens. Liao was holding her grandmother’s hand, the two were in the crosswalk and had the right of way. But that driver, Ahmad Abu-Zayedeh, was not criminally charged, merely issued traffic tickets for failing to exercise due care and failing to yield to a pedestrian. And now the Department of Motor Vehicles has voided those traffic tickets.

Allison’s devastated father, Hsi-Pei Liao, shared the news on his Facebook page and Twitter account yesterday, and his attorney, Steve Vaccaro, confirmed to us that the tickets have been dropped. “The family is very angry that this driver has the luxury of being able to look in the mirror and tell himself the false tabloid version of how this crash happened,” Vaccaro said. “This is absolutely shocking.”

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