Monday, July 22, 2013

Report: DA charges curb-crash driver with vehicular assault

[Photo via @JanSichermann]

Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance charged the driver who plowed into East Village Farm and Grocery on Second Avenue last month with vehicular assault, Streetsblog reported on Friday.

As previously reported, the NYPD charged Shaun Martin, 32, of Bayside, Queens, with DWI.

Per Streetsblog:

He was also charged with possession of PCP, according to online court records.

Court records show multiple charges were added on July 5: two counts of first degree vehicular assault, two counts of felony assault with serious injury, a felony count of operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, felony driving while ability impaired, and felony DWAI by drugs and alcohol.

Possible sentences reportedly range from probation to 15 years in prison.

Just before 7 a.m. on June 19, Martin and a female passenger were reportedly speeding down Second Avenue when he lost control of his Nissan Altima ... jumping the curb around East Fourth Street and injuring four people, most critically 62-year-old Akkas Ali. He reportedly emerged from a coma 11 days after the crash.

Previously on EV Grieve:
[Updated] Car smashes into East Village Farm & Grocery on Second Avenue; 6 reported injured

Crowdsourcing campaign for injured East Village Farm and Grocery worker raises nearly $19,000


bowery boy said...

Any word on whether the "female passenger" was charged with anything? Anyone who allows such a crime to take place from just one seat over should be charged with something. Accessory to...

Anonymous said...

Probation would be outrageous. At minimum the driver should be banned from driving for life. At minimum.

Anonymous said...

15 years!!!!! Max penalty!!

Anonymous said...

Weren't there "reports" early on that there was a second car involved? Some sort of impromptu drag racing or other vehicular pissing contest?

The defendant will likely point the finger at this other party, and one might wonder, even, if a clever jailhouse lawyer might have gotten down to work veeeeery early that morning?

McCoy said...

After speaking with the owners of EVF&G, Akkas Ali (who worked as their florist) is still in a coma