QUEENS — Fees towards the off-obligation NYPD officer who drunkenly crashed and killed one other driver on the Van Wyck have been upgraded to manslaughter, Queens prosecutors stated.
Neville Smith, 32, who serves in The Bronx’s forty eighth Precinct, was initially charged with vehicular assault, assault, driving whereas intoxicated and refusing a breath check after he rear-ended a Honda Accord whereas rushing down the Van Wyck Expressway Sunday, police stated.
Fees have been upgraded Wednesday, two days after the Honda’s driver, Vanessa Raghubar, 22, died after the crash, which left her with inner bleeding within the mind, prosecutors stated.
“Consuming after which driving is a lethal mixture. The defendant — a police officer sure to implement the regulation — is now accused of breaking the regulation and with lethal penalties,” stated District Lawyer Richard Brown.
Raghubar was reportedly the designated driver as her sister, Maria Raghubar, celebrated her twenty first birthday together with one other passenger, Justin Harriharran, 20, in response to prosecutors and the New York Publish.
Smith despatched Raghubar’s Honda hurtling right into a shoulder, then a light-weight submit as his personal Mercedes veered into the left lane and hit a median, prosecutors stated.
The youthful Raghubar was sitting within the again seat, driver’s aspect, and broke her left arm, her hip and injured her inner organs, leaving her in essential situation at Jamaica Hospital, prosecutors stated.
Harriharran was additionally sitting within the again seat and suffered cuts to his arms and was being handled on the similar hospital, officers stated.
Smith, who’s served the NYPD for greater than 5 years, advised officers on the scene that he was returning house after having dinner with a former co-employee of his, prosecutors stated.
He seemed to be drunk, however refused to take a breathalyzer, drug or a area sobriety checks, prosecutors stated.
Smith was arraigned on costs of vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent murder Wednesday by way of video convention from his hospital mattress, prosecutors stated. He was held on $300,000 bond, they added.