Flatbush man gets three to six years in prison for fatally striking delivery driver

A Flatbush man has been sentenced to three to six years in prison after pleading responsible to manslaughter for fatally striking a delivery employee in October 2020, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez introduced Thursday.

Valdez Heron, 31, was driving a 2015 Dodge Charger eastbound on forty sixth Street towards Ninth Avenue at round 11:50 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2020 when the DA’s office says he ran a purple gentle and struck 43-year-old delivery driver Xiang Wu. Wu was driving a Yamaha SMAX scooter by the intersection on the time of the incident and the pressure of the influence despatched him over the hood of Heron’s automotive rand onto the pavement.

An investigation discovered that Heron then jumped out of his automotive whereas it was nonetheless in drive, inflicting it to roll down the road and hit a parked automotive.

Heron was arrested on the scene and pled responsible to second-degree manslaughter in June 2022. Wu was taken to Maimonides Medical Center, the place he had a number of surgical procedures. He was later transferred to Woodhull Medical Center, the place he was pronounced useless.

“This defendant’s recklessness behind the wheel tragically took the life of a hardworking husband and father,” Gonzalez stated in a press release. “He has now been held accountable for his actions. I am committed to keeping Brooklyn’s roads safe for all people.”

The Office of the New York Medical Examiner decided the reason for dying to be problems from his blunt pressure accidents.

Heron was sentenced Thursday by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice John Hecht. The case was prosecuted by Roman Galper, senior assistant district lawyer for the District Attorney’s Violent Criminal Enterprises Bureau, and Jacob Uriel, assistant district lawyer for the Deputy Unit Chief of the District Attorney’s Street Safety Bureau.

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