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Suspect in deadly BMW hit-and-run cuffed while having drink on front porch



A fatal hit-and-run suspect’s boozy breakfast ended with the clank of handcuffs.

Jairam Budhu, 58, was sitting on his front porch sipping a drink when cops arrived at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday to bust him for the deadly crash two days earlier, said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

The Queens man was held without bail at his arraignment Wednesday for the Sunday afternoon crash that killed Zaalika Rasool and critically injured her 9-year-old daughter.

He was charged with manslaughter, assault, criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and unlicensed operation of a car. Budhu faces up to 15 years in prison, and is due back in court on Aug. 3.

According to Brown, the suspect — who fled the crash site on foot — was driving with a suspended license when he blew through a stop sign while doing more than double the 25 mph speed limit.


Budhu’s black 2002 BMW plowed into the passenger side of a Toyota, ejecting Zaalika and her child from the car. Zaalika died a short time later, and her daughter Sarah was still recovering in a Long Island hospital.

The suspect left a 46-year-old passenger behind in his wrecked BMW when he bolted from 115th Ave. and 130th St. in South Ozone Park.

Budhu was speeding and crossing a double-yellow line while illegally passing other cars before the fatal collision, officials said.


The dead woman’s husband, who was driving their car, said the speeding BMW came flying at them at such a high speed that escape was impossible.

More than 1,000 people turned out at a Tuesday funeral service for Zaalika Rasool, 41.