We have often discussed various criminal trials in the New York area, but it isn't that often that we cover a case like the one we will cover in this post. The case has to do with a driver who was charged with manslaughter after her friend died in a car accident on the Williamsburg Bridge.
The accident happened in May of 2013. The single-car accident claimed the life of one woman and injured three others. The driver of that vehicle was accused of drunk driving and speeding. She was accused of going over twice the 30 mph speed limit. She admitted to having two vodkas before getting behind the wheel of the vehicle.
She was charged with manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter but wasn't found guilty of that. Instead, after a week-long bench trial, the driver was found guilty of criminally negligent homicide. This means that she faces up to four years in prison.
Had she been convicted on the manslaughter charge, she would have faced 15 years in prison. The family members of the victim weren't happy about the verdict. They balked at the woman's idea of only pleading guilty if there was a promise of her not having to spend time in jail.
While she was found guilty of a crime, she doesn't have to worry about facing more than a decade in prison. She will learn her actual sentence on Dec. 5. Luckily for her, she was able to present a solid defense that helped her to be found guilty of a lesser charge than the one originally brought against her. This case shows why having a solid defense is vital for anyone facing criminal charges.
Source: New York Daily News, "Accused drunk driver beats manslaughter charges for Brooklyn crash that killed friend" Oren Yaniv, Oct. 06, 2014