Tuesday, January 31, 2023

New Yorker sentenced to life in prison for fatal 92 MPH crash while under the influence

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  • A 36-year-old Brooklyn man convicted last month of hitting and killing a 63-year-old motorist on the Belt Parkway while driving at more than 90 mph while under the influence of cocaine, marijuana and alcohol in 2020 has been sentenced to life in prison Has been. Regarding the crime, local prosecutors said on Wednesday.
  • Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Jason Bickle was sentenced to between five and 15 years in prison for aggravated vehicular manslaughter in connection with the December 2020 fatal incident.
  • Baikal was traveling west on Belt Parkway near 131st Street at 92 mph when it struck the victim, Taher Ali Hassan, of Brooklyn.

NEW YORK — A 36-year-old Brooklyn man who was under the influence of cocaine, marijuana and alcohol in 2020 pleaded guilty last month to hitting and killing a 63-year-old motorist on the Belt Parkway at more than 90 mph. Local prosecutors said on Wednesday that he had been sentenced to life in prison in connection with the crime.

Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Jason Bickle was sentenced to between five and 15 years in prison for aggravated vehicular manslaughter in connection with the December 2020 fatal incident.

According to court documents, at approximately 12:45 a.m. on December 9, 2020, Bickle was driving a white 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, which is registered to her family business, Bickle Chevrolet of Valley Stream. Baikal was traveling west on Belt Parkway near 131st Street at 92 mph when it struck the victim, Taher Ali Hassan, of Brooklyn.

Hasan was rushed to a local hospital with serious head injuries and later succumbed to his injuries.

According to Katz, Bickle’s blood alcohol level was 0.174, more than twice the legal limit. Additional toxicology results revealed that Baikal also had significant amounts of cocaine and marijuana in his system at the time of the accident.

Prosecutors said two plastic bags filled with cocaine were also found in the center console of the car.

The crash data recorder, an automotive technology system that was recovered from Bickle’s vehicle, revealed that he was traveling at 92 mph, 42 mph over the posted speed limit, just five seconds before hitting the victim. Was driving at speed.

“This defendant admitted he was driving nearly double the speed limit while under the influence of drugs and alcohol. He already had two DUI convictions in Brooklyn and should never have been behind the wheel. Katz said in a statement. Said, neither his admission nor his sentence would restore the life that was lost.

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