Drunk Driver Linked to Safelite Kills Person Crossing the Street in Harlem

A drunk driver struck and killed a pedestrian in East Harlem, police told the New York Post. “The fatal crash happened just after 5 p.m. Tuesday when 23-year-old Farkell Hopkins slammed his Safelite auto windshield repair truck into the man, who was crossing E. 125th Street near Madison Avenue mid-block, according to police,” said the New York Post article. “The Queens man faces charges of vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated, according to cops.”

But an article that same day in the New York Daily News reported that “The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office declined to prosecute the driver initially charged in the death of a man mowed down on a Harlem street, criminal court officials said late Wednesday.”

glassBYTEs.com reached out to the District Attorney today and was told that charges will definitely be filed.

“This driver will be prosecuted,” said Danny Frost, director of communications, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr. “Our office is currently gathering the materials necessary to fulfill our discovery obligations as required under the new criminal justice statutes. Under the new mandates, prosecutors must obtain and provide charged persons with a variety of materials within fifteen days of arraignment. Accordingly, in a number of cases, prosecutors will defer charges until they are confident that discovery obligations can be fulfilled within fifteen days of arraignment on those charges.”

“We are deeply saddened to hear the news of this accident and our thoughts go out to the families involved,” said Keri Lucas, SafeliteGroup director, corporate communications.

“While we do not comment on a pending investigation, we are committed to fully cooperating with the police.”

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