A NY man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with the death of a pregnant woman whose body was found along the Expressway.
A Long Island man is being held on a second-degree murder charge for allegedly strangling his pregnant girlfriend Friday night and then leaving her body along the side of a Queens expressway.
PEOPLE confirms the allegations against 29-year-old Goey Charles, who investigators contend killed Vanessa Pierre.
Relatives said Pierre was 6 months pregnant.
The expectant mother, who worked as a nurse practitioner, had already picked out a name for the baby girl she was carrying.
Police allege that Charles dumped the body of Pierre, 29, along the shoulder of the Horace Harding Expressway in Bayside.
An MTA bus driver spotted her at around 6 a.m. on Friday, and called 911
A statement from the Queens District Attorney’s Office alleges Pierre was found with a pair of gray sweatpants wrapped around her neck.
It is alleged in the statement that video surveillance from just before 3 a.m. captured the attack on Pierre.
The footage allegedly shows Charles pulling over on the Horace Harding Expressway before attacking the woman he’d been dating for more than a year.
“Charles exited the driver’s seat of a 2019 white Dodge Challenger, which is registered in the name of the victim, Vanessa Pierre,” the statement reads. “He moved to the backseat where Ms. Pierre could be seen moving on the video footage. And then, soon afterwards, all movement stopped and the victim appeared to lay across the backseat motionless.”
More than 90 minutes later, “the defendant is observed exiting the vehicle and then allegedly dragging the pregnant woman out of the car and dropping her body onto the sidewalk.”
Adds the statement: “The defendant allegedly left the woman’s dying body on the side of the roadway, returned to the vehicle and fled the scene.”
First responders arrived and declared her dead at the scene.
Prayers up to this young ladies family during this horrible time.
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