Uptown Council Member Rodriguez Reponds To Hit & Run Case Of DJ Jinx Paul Going To Trial

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Today, NYC Uptown Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair of the Council Transportation Committee, to find out next steps on the proceedings of the hit and run case of beloved NYC DJ Jinx Paul.

Uptown’s Rodriguez was joined by Marco Connor from Transportation Alternatives, Ralph Munoz, Families for Safe Streets and the family of John Paul Guerrero, DJ Jinx Paul, gathered at the Kings County Supreme Courthouse criminal term.

At the hearing, Judge Chun announced that trial would begin on March 5, 2019. Just over two years ago, Jean-Paul Guerrero, also known as DJ Jinx Paul on Mega 97.9 FM, was killed in a hit and run car crash in Brooklyn, New York. DJ Jinx Paul was crossing the street near the intersection of Sheffield Avenue and Jamaica Avenue shortly after 4:00 a.m. when a vehicle struck and killed him. Council Member Rodriguez urges all New Yorkers to come together at the trial date on March 5, 2019, to express support to DJ Jinx Paul‘s family, loved ones, and entertainment colleagues calling for #JusticeforDJJinxPaul.

“Anyone that takes off after a hit and run should be held accountable. What happened to DJ Jinx Paul is a terrible and senseless crime that could have been prevented. It is unfortunate that the City of New York is experiencing an increase in traffic fatalities due to negligent drivers. I intend on advocating for additional FY2020 funding that will provide resources to the NYPD so that the department can successfully examine hit and run investigations and bring justice to the deceased and their loved ones,”

“Anyone that takes off after a hit and run should be held accountable. What happened to DJ Jinx Paul is a terrible and senseless crime that could have been prevented. It is unfortunate that the City of New York is experiencing an increase in traffic fatalities due to negligent drivers. I intend on advocating for additional FY2020 funding that will provide resources to the NYPD so that the department can successfully examine hit and run investigations and bring justice to the deceased and their loved ones,” said Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez, Chair of the Committee on Transportation.

“When Jean-Paul Guerrero was struck and killed by a driver more than two years ago, yet another family and community lost a loved one, creating a hole that will always remain,” said Marco Conner, Interim Executive Director, Transportation Alternatives.”Tougher prosecution is not always the answer, but leaving a victim behind is an egregious act, it happens far too often, and criminal sanctions are routinely dispersed far too late. Traffic violence is not treated as the epidemic that it is, and much more must be done by our district attorneys and the NYPD: They must make it easier to report hit and runs, they must lead the way to change existing harmful law and internal policies, and they must make comprehensive arrest and prosecution data available to the public — all of which was recommended by Transportation Alternatives more than three years ago. These and other changes must be undertaken now to spare other families and communities from senseless loss.”

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