Tuesday, January 21, 2014
$1 million bail set for driver who crashed into East Village Farm and Grocery; prosecutors mull homicide charges
Queens resident Shaun Martin, who was allegedly drunk and high on PCP when he plowed his car into East Village Farm and Grocery last June, was ordered held on a $1 million bail today as the District Attorney's office weighs potential homicide charges, the Daily News reports.
Akkas Ali, the florist at the corner store on Second Avenue who was critically injured in the crash, died on Jan. 1. According to Serena Solomon at DNAinfo, Ali, 63, went into cardiac arrest when a tracheostomy tube that he needed to help him breathe because of his injuries became lodged in his throat.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance originally charged Martin last summer with 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.
According to the Daily News, while free on bail in early December, police arrested the 32-year-old Martin for threatening to shoot someone while possessing cocaine outside a club in East Elmhurst.
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
Report: Injured East Village Farm and Grocery florist has lost his memory, use of his voice
[Updated] RIP Akkas Ali