Astoria man arrested in elder’s street death

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By Ivan Pereira

A Queens motorist was arraigned last week for allegedly killing a senior citizen while he was driving drunk, the authorities said.

Demitrios Matsoukatidis, 67, of 23rd Street in Astoria, was ordered to be held on $50,000 bail after he was arraigned on vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges on Wednesday, Queens DA Richard Brown said.

The earlier evening, Matsoukatidis was driving his Mercedes SUV eastbound on 21st Avenue near 31st Street  when he struck 89-year-old Aldama Lizardo who was crossing the street, Brown said.  Lizardo was rushed to an undisclosed hospital with severe head trauma but she succumbed to her injuries shortly after she reached the medical center, according to authorities.

When police arrived at the scene of the accident, they allegedly saw that Matsoukatidis eyes were bloodshot and smelled alcohol on his breath, according to the DA.

An intoxilyzer test revealed that the driver’s blood alcohol was .16 percent, double the legal limit in New York, Brown said. Matsoukatidis faces up to seven years in prison if convicted on all of his charges, the DA said.

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