Manslaughter Trial For New York Doctor Began This Week
April 27th, 2012|
April 27, 2012
The manslaughter case of a prominent New York doctor began earlier this week with new details about the night he hit and killed a teenage skateboarder while on his way home from a party. Buffalo News reports that the accident occurred on July 8 2011 just before 11:30 p.m. on Heim Road in Amherst, New York.
Servers from a country club where the doctor was a member testified that he had been drinking mixed drinks and wine for several hours before leaving in his 2010 BMW to go home. Testimony shows that the doctor was texting and driving at a high rate of speed when he struck the teenage girl, killing her instantly. He then fled the scene only to contact police more than an hour and a half later, claiming he did not realize he had hit the girl.
Attorneys for the doctor also denied that he was intoxicated at the time of the accident, despite test results that showed his blood alcohol percentage was well above the legal limit five hours after the crash occurred. They also argued that although he had texted on his way home, he was not using a handheld device at the time of the accident.