A man believed to be responsible for the death of an elderly pedestrian is being formally charged, according to local sources. The 71-year-old man is facing manslaughter and other charges in New York and, at last report, was awaiting arraignment. If he is found guilty, he could spend the rest of his life in prison. He will likely rely upon criminal defense counsel to represent him throughout the trial process.
According to the report, at around 12:55 p.m. on July 7, a 65-year-old man was crossing Frederick Douglass Boulevard in Harlem when the older man reportedly ran a red light after veering into oncoming traffic. His vehicle struck another car with enough force to total both vehicles. He then struck the pedestrian with enough force to send him flying into the air.
The pedestrian was already disabled, suffering from poor eyesight and walking with a cane due to a recent leg surgery. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Several other individuals were also rushed to local hospitals with various injuries. The man was arrested and now faces charges including reckless driving, reckless endangerment and manslaughter. The vehicle he was driving was apparently owned by a livery company, but he was operating it without a city Taxi and Limousine Commission license as the company allowed him to rent the vehicle for personal use.
This case is obviously tragic, but it is important to remember that the accused man has a right to face his charges in a criminal court. There, it will be the province of New York prosecutors to prove he wilfully endangered others on the road. In preparing for trial, criminal defense counsel will undoubtedly explore whether something caused the man to veer into oncoming traffic. While safeguarding his legal rights, counsel will focus on achieving the best possible result for the client.