A man from Queens, New York, has admitted to killing an Uber driver last year while driving drunk on the Long Island Expressway, in a wreck that threw the victim into traffic before another vehicle dragged him a half-mile to his death.
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June 21, 2017 – Prosecutors said Bonifacio Enriquez, 36, of College Point, New York, pleaded guilty in Nassau County Court to second-degree manslaughter and driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Newsday.
The April 7, 2016, crash in Jericho, NY, killed Roohul Ameen, 43, of Bay Shore, a Pakistani immigrant and father of 4, who had been on his way home from work.
Acting State Supreme Court Justice Terence Murphy committed to giving Enriquez two to six years in prison when he sentences him in September. Prosecutors are asking for a sentence of 3 to 9 years, according to a spokesman from the Nassau district attorney’s office.
Authorities said Ameen stopped his Toyota Camry on the Long Island Expressway shortly before the crash at about 2 a.m. to fix his bumper, which had become dislodged after he hit the median just moments before.
Ameen was standing outside his car in the eastbound HOV lane, and Enrique tried to pass on the left — between the Camry and the median, authorities said. However, Enrique’s Ford Escape hit the Camry, sending Ameen’s body into the left lane.
Police said the driver of a Nissan Altima then hit Ameen and dragged him for about a half-mile. Prosecutors have said that driver didn’t break any laws.
“A motorist tending to a disabled vehicle should not have to fear for his life because of the intoxication and recklessness of a fellow driver,” said District Attorney Madeline Singas, adding she hoped Enriquez’s plea “will provide some small comfort” to the Ameen family.
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