Robert Ogle, 16, of Middle Village, and Alex Paul, 20, of Cypress Hills, in Queens New York were friends. Alex hadn’t been living in the neighborhood very long. I suspect Robert may have been headed out Sunday night to pick up Alex at his house so he could walk the new guy to a neighborhood birthday party. Robert’s last words to his parents as he headed out the door were . “You worry too much.” They were said with a smile.
At the same time, Kenneth Guyear, 27, of Glendale, was doing his usual preparation for a night of fun a merrymaking. He washed down a couple of Xanax tranquilizers with some Vodka, assuring that very soon he would be a stumbling, bumbling fool will very little physical coordination and even less mental judgment.
And so the night of Sunday, February 1st began. Rob and Alex attended their party, and by all accounts a good time was had by all. As far as we know Kenneth Guyear spent his night drinking at a bar with two Xanax on board and had at least 5 more Vodka drinks. Sometime before 1:30am he left the bar and began walking towards Woodhaven Blvd, where he came upon an idling Kia Spectra whose owner and friends had just run into a Deli.
Thinking four wheels is better than two sore feet, Kenneth jumped into the Kia and took off. A few blocks away, Paul was walking Ogle home from a friend’s alcohol-fueled birthday bash because the younger teen had drank too much, cops said.
Guyear was cruising at high speed along the residential streets of Middle Village when he hit Ogle and Paul as they crossed 80th Street just south of 62nd Avenue on their way home from a birthday party a half-block away. No one witnessed the actual collision, but a neighbor, Maria Vega, 40, said she and her husband went to the window of their house after hearing loud noises.
The two watched in disbelief as the car flipped into reverse and then lurched forward over and over again as the driver apparently tried to dislodge one of the boys’ bodies.
“Oh, my God, there’s a body under the car,” Vega’s husband exclaimed.
He and his wife called 911 as the driver peeled off with a smirk on his face. Robert Ogle and Alex Paul lay dying in the street.
Guyear, who has a long rap sheet including arrests on drugs and robbery charges, was stone-faced when cops walked him out of the 104th Precinct
As prosecutors read statements they say he made to police about the Sunday morning accident that killed Robert Ogle and Alex Paul, Guyear stood as his brother and two young women watched.
“I had five or six drinks and took two Xanax pills,” Guyear said in a videotaped statement, according to prosecutors. “I stole the car that was parked on the street. I drove the car and saw the pedestrian but I didn’t think I hit anybody. I kept driving and then stopped the car and looked for blood on the car. I kept driving and the police stopped me.”
Kenneth Guyear is charged with first-degree assault, first-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree manslaughter, third-degree grand larceny and other charges. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.
Does Kenneth Guyear Deserve Hell?
- Yes, On The Rocks (51%, 145 Votes)
- Yes, Straight Up (32%, 91 Votes)
- Yes, Shaken, Not Stirred (11%, 31 Votes)
- No (6%, 20 Votes)
Total Voters: 287
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