The CEO of furniture giant Jennifer Convertibles had a few drinks before mowing down an MTA security guard crossing a Queens Highway on Wednesday night, authorities said.
Sofa king Harley Greenfield, 65, allegedly hit the victim, Mohammed Rohman, 45, on the southbound Whitestone Expressway at Linden Place, the police said. Greenfield, an Upper East Side resident, was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt.
Rohman, a Summit Security employee who worked at a nearby MTA bus depot, had been taking a meal break when he was hit, the NY Post reported. Rohman was pronounced dead at the College Point scene, authorities said.
At the scene of the crime, Greenfield was given a portable Breathalyzer test at the scene, though the Post reports that the results were not immediately released. When he was taken into custody at the 109th Precinct, he refused to take an official Breathalyzer test, police said. A warrant was reportedly obtained to draw his blood and test it for alcohol.
Greenfield was charged with operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol and refusal to take a breath test, authorities said. He was released by the judge pending a hearing on May 11.
Rohman, a married father of two from Bangladesh, leaves behind his wife of 17 years, Rowshan Ara Begam, 32, and two children, daughters Marjana, 12, and Moontarin, 6.
"I loved him very, very much," Begam told the Post. "I miss him and I wish none of this ever happened. We're all praying for him."
The family's spokesman, Mostafa Shaafiq Housnine, told the Post, "He is the only guy working in his family. How can they survive?"
Greenfield's defense attorney, Eugene Levy, could not be reached for comment.