Driver Pleads Not Guilty to Charges in Connection with Tragic East Village Crash

New developments emerged recently in relation to the NY DWI charges of Shaun Martin, a 32-year-old man from Queens who made headlines earlier this summer. The New York Post recounts the June 19 mayhem that occurred in the East Village near the corner of Second Avenue and East Fourth Street. Mr. Martin had allegedly cut across three lanes of traffic, lost control of his vehicle, and crashed into a delicatessen on that corner. His vehicle not only hit the deli, but had crashed into a fire hydrant, a parking meter, a large gingko tree, a light pole, a Citi Bike and a flower stand. Worst of all, Mr. Martin hit three innocent bystanders when he lost control of the car. Mr. Martin’s case illustrates an extreme example of violating New York State’s DWI laws.

At the time, Mr. Martin, who was not seriously injured in the crash, allegedly pleased with an EMT not to call his mother because he believed that she would be angry. Prosecutors now believe that Mr. Martin was high on PCP and methamphetamine at the time of the terrible accident. They also believe that Mr. Martin was carrying hashish concealed in his sock. He had been arrested in the past for DWI and possession of cocaine.

On July 30, Mr. Martin pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, which, according to The Villager, include six felonies—two counts of aggravated vehicular assault, two counts of assault, and two counts of DWI—and a misdemeanor charges of drug possession. His next court appearance is scheduled for September 10.

Streetsblog.org notes that Mr. Martin has a previous conviction under New York DWI laws. The vehicular assault charges that he currently faces could result in jail time, and a Class C felony conviction on his record. The blog notes that possible sentences on that particular charge can range from probation to 15 years in jail.

Akkas Ali, a 62-year-old flower stand owner is still in coma after Mr. Martin hit him outside of a bodega during the accident. Two other employees of the flower stand were hurt in the accident. A fund has been set up for Mr. Ali.

Mr. Martin’s case demonstrates the harsh realities of driving while intoxicated. Whether impaired or intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, drivers can cause harm to property, innocent bystanders, and themselves. Additionally, the penalties and consequences of a DWI conviction can be very severe. If you have been charged with violating DWI laws, you should immediately seek out the assistance of an experienced DWI attorney. A DWI attorney can help you understand the charges against you, and can defend your case. Call the experienced attorneys at Nave DWI Defense Attorneys today at 877-435-7394 for a confidential consultation.

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