DWI Driver Accused Of Manslaughter In Brooklyn Crash
All 50 states and Washington, D.C. make it illegal for a person to drive with a blood-alcohol content of 0.08% or greater. In New York, many factors go into what penalties a person may face if convicted of a DWI. If a driver intoxicated by alcohol or other drugs causes an accident that involves injury, they may be charged with vehicular assault in the second degree, which is a class E felony. If the injuries are serious enough and involve more than one victim, the driver may be charged with vehicular assault in the first degree. If the accident causes the death of another person, the driver may be charged with homicide or manslaughter.
The New York Daily News reports that a Brooklyn driver has been charged with manslaughter and DWI in the death of his passenger.
31-year-old Anthony Wallace was charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter.
Allegedly, Wallace was speeding and intoxicated as he drove his red minivan down Atlantic Avenue beneath the elevated subway tracks in East New York. He veered onto a service road near Georgia Avenue at about 5:10 a.m. last Wednesday.
He then slammed into the back of an unoccupied backhoe. This caused the front of the minivan to cave in on impact, forcing first responders to rip the roof of the minivan off to get to the two men inside.
32-year-old Tyrone “Snuggs” Scott, the passenger in the van, suffered from massive injuries. He was rushed to a hospital but succumbed to his injuries. Wallace suffered from serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Wallace has an extensive criminal record with more than 20 arrests. The most recent arrest was in March 2018 for an assault that occurred in Brooklyn.