MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- A Mount Vernon man was arraigned in district court Wednesday after receiving a seven-count indictment stemming from a Sept. 7 deadly crash on the Cross County Parkway in Yonkers that killed his passenger in which he allegedly was driving drunk, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFirore said.
Hasani Ewan, 38, was charged with the following: three counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, class D felonies; one count of criminally negligent homicide, a class E felony; and three counts of driving while intoxicated, unclassified misdemeanors, according to the district attorney's office.
The crash occurred at approximately 1:40 a.m. when Ewan was reportedly driving his 2001 Honda Accord eastbound on the Cross County Parkway in the vicinity of the Seminary Bridge in Yonkers, according the district attorney said.
Also inside the car riding in the front seat was front seat passenger Elouise Spears of Bronx, N.Y., according to the statement.
Ewan reportedly drove his car off the highway and into the Seminary Bridge abutment. The vehicle’s front passenger side reportedly impacted the bridge, killing Spears, the district attorney said.
When police arrived, Ewan was allegedly outside the vehicle and appeared to be in an agitated state. Officers noted that Ewan’s eyes were glassy and that he staggered when he walked. They also allegedly detected the smell of alcohol on his breath and the smell of marijuana coming from his clothing, according to the district attorney.
Ewan suffered a cut to the face from the accident and was taken to Westchester
Medical Center where he was arrested, the district attorney said.
Ewan's blood drawn at the hospital allegedly revealed that it had a .13 percent blood alcohol content, according to the statement.
Ewan pleaded not guilty and remains out on a bail of $75,000, said the district attorney.
He is due in court March 23. Ewan faces a maximum sentence of seven years in state prison, according to statement.
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