A woman believed to be responsible for killing two children in a car crash has been indicted by a court in Brooklyn. The accident took place back in March in New York City and claimed the lives of a 4-year-old girl and a 1-year-old boy. The woman is facing charges of negligent homicide, reckless endangerment and more. She is expected to appear in court on June 13, and she has entered a plea of not guilty to all charges, though it is unclear whether she has retained criminal defense counsel.
According to the police report, on March 5, the 44-year-old woman was driving her vehicle in Brooklyn Park when she ran a red light, lost control of her vehicle and struck a family in a crosswalk. Two children were killed, and their parents and another pedestrian were injured in the impact. An investigation was promptly launched to determine what caused the woman to lose control of the vehicle. It was discovered she suffered a seizure while behind the wheel, and she was rushed to a local hospital where she experienced several more.
According to her doctors, she was advised not to drive for one year following a similar episode in January. The woman reportedly ignored doctors and continued to drive, getting into minor collisions throughout the year before the fateful crash in March. She now faces multiple charges. If she is found guilty, she could go to prison for a considerable length of time.
While car accidents that claim lives, especially those of children, are doubtlessly tragic, the question of the woman’s medical history will likely be considered from all angles by the New York court assigned her case. Her criminal defense team will review her conversations with medical professionals, as well as any drugs she may have been on to mitigate her condition, in order to determine whether she could have avoided experiencing an episode. If negligence in this case cannot be proven, the charges could be reduced or dropped altogether.
Source: ABC News, “Driver in New York City crash that killed 2 children charged with manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide“, Julia Jacobo, May 3, 2018