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NYC man dragged 20 miles is identified

By Colleen Long
Associated Press / February 13, 2009
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NEW YORK - A pedestrian killed after he was hit by a sport utility vehicle, then trapped under another vehicle and dragged nearly 20 miles, was identified yesterday as an Ecuadoran immigrant who had turned 26 the day before his death.

A cousin identified the man as Guido Salvador Carabajo-Jara, police said. Officers had found only a business card, Western Union receipt, and iPhone in his pockets after his battered body was discovered in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

Police said the death was accidental, and that they have no plans to charge the two drivers. The miles of dragging wore off the hair on the back of Carabajo-Jara's head and some of his clothing and skin.

An autopsy found that he died from multiple blunt-impact injuries, a medical examiner spokeswoman said.

A relative, Ignacio Quintero, said Carabajo-Jara had a 4-year-old daughter in Ecuador and faithfully sent money to his family there to care for the girl.

He was hit Wednesday morning in the Corona section of Queens, while apparently crossing against the light. The driver, Gustavo Acosta, called police, who arrived to find the victim gone. About two vehicles behind, though, Manual Lituma Sanchez ran over Carabajo-Jara with his van, and Carabajo-Jara became stuck underneath the van. The van traveled for nearly an hour before a pedestrian alerted the driver to something dragging under the van. It was only then that Lituma Sanchez saw the body and called authorities.

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