Woman Released Without Bail In Fatal DWI Crash
New York is like all other states in the United States in that it has implied consent laws. An implied consent law basically means that by obtaining a New York driver’s license, you agree to provide law enforcement with a chemical test if intoxication is suspected. While you can legally refuse to take the test, if it is later found that you are, indeed, intoxicated, the penalties can become much more severe. For instance, your license can be suspended, and additional charges can be filed for refusal to submit a chemical test. These laws are in place in order to help curb drinking and driving.
The New York Post reports that a woman involved in a fatal Memorial Day DWI crash was released without bail. 23-year-old Jasmin Morales-Cruz was released by a judge without bail on Tuesday following her arraignment for vehicular manslaughter, DWI, and driving without a license.
The charges stem from a Memorial Day crash in which Morales-Cruz, who does not have a driver’s license, was behind the wheel of an Infiniti sedan. She struck motorcyclist Evvon Alexander. The crash happened near the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Beverly Road at about 3:55 a.m. on Monday.
Alexander was rushed to the hospital following the accident, where he was declared dead. Morales-Cruz’s boyfriend told the police who arrived at the scene that she was driving because he was too impaired to drive. Morales-Cruz refused a breath test at the scene.
This is Morales-Cruz’s first arrest. Family members were on scene at the arraignment who cheered when the judge released Morales-Cruz without bail.