Cyclist Crash Leads To Manslaughter Charges In Brooklyn
In 2007, a new DWI offense was created in New York: Aggravated DWI. Aggravated DWI has stricter penalties and restrictions on plea-bargaining. Aggravated DWI is generally charged when the driver has a blood-alcohol content of 0.18% or more. The penalties for an aggravated DWI include up to one year in jail, probation for up to three years, a minimum fine of $1,000, revocation of license for one year, and attendance at a Victim Impact Panel. Aggravated DWI can be charged as a felony if the driver has previous aggravated DWI offenses. Another way that a DWI can be charged as aggravated is if there is a passenger under 15 in the vehicle at the time of the DWI offense.
The NY Daily News reports on a woman facing aggravated DWI and manslaughter charges for running over a cyclist in Brooklyn.
22-year-old Treasure Liggins is facing several charges in connection with a Sunday, June 9th accident.
According to police, Liggins lost control of her 2007 Infiniti G35 on Avenue D near E. 105th Street in Canarsie at about 10:35 p.m.
She slammed into 29-year-old Mohammed Abdullah, who was riding an e-bike and making his last delivery of the night for Uber Eats. After hitting Abdullah, Liggins jumped the curve and hit a building.
Abdullah was sent flying through the air on impact and was rushed to a hospital but could not be saved.
Police allege that Liggins was drunk at the time of the accident. Her blood-alcohol level was just below the legal limit of intoxication at the time of the crash.
Liggins is facing numerous charges including criminally negligent homicide, manslaughter, and aggravated DWI. At the time of the accident, Liggins had her 4-year-old son in the back seat of the car with her.
Abdullah was a Bangladeshi immigrant who had won approval to be in the United States under asylum. According to friends, he was planning on applying for his Green Card this year.