27 Year Sentence For Drug-Related Car Accident
The New York Times reports that a man has been sentenced to 27 years in prison for an aggravated vehicular homicide charge along with other charges.
On February 14th, 2018, four members of the McCoy family were driving along a stretch of Route 25, which bisects Long Island.
Behind them was Jamel Turner, driving a 2018 Camaro that had been reported stolen. At a speed of 154 m.p.h., Turner plowed into the Mazda occupied by the family. This collision caused a domino effect, sending the Mazda into an Infiniti. The Camaro hit an oil truck. The Mazda caught fire and all four occupants were burned alive in the inferno.
At the time of the accident, according to the medical examiner, Turner had the second highest level of marijuana he had ever seen in his system.
A passenger in Turner’s vehicle, identified as Lonidell Skinner and Skinner’s dog, were both thrown from the vehicle and died on scene.
Earlier this year, Turner pleaded guilty to charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and serious injury charges. The truck driver, who suffered from spine and neck injuries, is still recovering.
On the day of his sentencing, Turner refused to leave his jail cell, stating that he wanted to withdraw his guilty plea. The judge, Justice Fernando Camacho denied the request. He then warned Turner that if he did not show up, he could risk losing his plea deal and face life imprisonment.
Turner was sentenced to 27 years in state prison. He is a Bloods gang member and drug dealer with an extensive criminal history.
In New York, when a person drives while intoxicated and is in an accident that causes the death of one or more people, that driver can face charges of vehicular manslaughter in the second degree. In certain situations, that charge can be elevated to aggravated vehicular manslaughter, which is a Class B felony. If the accident causes the death of more than one person or the death of one person and seriously injures another, then the aggravated vehicular manslaughter charge may be applied. If convicted, this charge carries a prison sentence of up to 25 years in state prison.