Akkas Ali, the florist at East Village Farm and Grocery who was critically injured last June after an out-of-control driver jumped the curb, has died.
Last night, before a Community Board 3 meeting, board member Chad Marlow, who was instrumental in raising money for Ali's family, shared the sad news, as BoweryBoogie reports.
"He died of complications stemming from his injuries from the car crash," Marlow said at the meeting. According to DNAinfo, Marlow did not know the official cause of death or whether Ali died at home or in the hospital.
Just before 7 a.m. on June 19, Shaun Martin of Queens 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 the 62-year-old Ali. He reportedly emerged from a coma 11 days after the crash.
Later last summer, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance charged Martin 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.
Martin is due back in court on Tuesday. Per Gothamist: "A spokeswoman for the DA's office says that any additional charges filed against Martin due to Ali's death would be announced in court on the 21st."
Updated 12:47 p.m.
Serena Solomon at DNAinfo has more information about Ali's death. He died on Jan. 1. His death has been labeled an accident by the medical examiner.
He went into cardiac arrest when a tracheostomy tube that he needed to help him breathe because of his injuries became lodged in his throat, the medical examiner's office said ...
The medical examiner's report concluded that the mishap with the tracheostomy tube occurred "during the management of blunt impact injuries" caused by 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
Report: Injured East Village Farm and Grocery florist has lost his memory, use of his voice