Flatbush man sentenced three to six years for running red light, fatally striking deliveryman in Borough Park
On Thursday, July 28, a Flatbush man was sentenced three-to-six years for running a red light and striking a deliveryman in Borough Park. The sentencing was a result of a trial before Supreme Court Justice John Hecht. Valdez Heron, 31, of Flatbush, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter on June 6, 2020.
On October 18, 2020, around the time of 11:50 a.m., Heron was driving a 2015 Dodge Charger eastbound on 46th Street toward 9th Avenue when he ran a steady red light and struck Xiang Wu, 43, a deliveryman, as he rode a scooter through the intersection. Wu was thrown over the hood of the Dodge Charger onto the pavement due to the force of impact.
Heron then jumped out of the car while it was still in drive, causing the Charger to roll down the street and strike a parked car. He was arrested at the scene.
Wu was taken in critical condition to Maimonides Medical Center and underwent multiple surgeries. On November 25, he was transferred to the Bedford Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation in Bed-Stuy. In December of 2020, the victim was found unresponsive and transferred to Woodhull Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The medical examiner determined the cause of death to be the complications of the injury.
District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said, “This defendant’s recklessness behind the wheel tragically took the life of a hardworking husband and father. He has now been held accountable for his actions. I am committed to keeping Brooklyn’s roads safe for all people.”
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