Roxina Clayton, 78, of Laurelton was killed when her car was struck by a vehicle that police were trying to pull over in Cambria Heights, Queens, officials said.
Driver Derrick Perkins, 51, was arrested by police at the scene of the crash. Perkins was spotted speeding and running a red light at 225th Street and Linden Boulevard, according to officials. The police attempted to pull him over twice.
After the crash, Perkins’ car flipped over. He struggled with police before they were able to handcuff and arrest him.
Earlier, Perkins had allegedly stolen a cell phone from a nearby tire shop. Twenty-eight years ago, Perkins had burglarized a Malverne Dairy Barn, which led to a police car chase. He fatally struck Karl DeGourville, then 41, and left two pedestrians injured. He served 25 years in prison and was recently released with lifetime parole.
Perkins was injured from the accident, but the extent of his injuries were unclear. Several officers were also injured during the arrest. They were treated at a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries.
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