DA SINI: BELLPORT MAN SENTENCED TO 27 YEARS IN PRISON FOR KILLING 5 PEOPLE IN 2018 MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH IN RIDGE
(CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the sentencing of a Bellport man for causing the death of five individuals and causing serious physical injury to a sixth victim in a motor vehicle crash on Feb. 14, 2018, in Ridge.
Jamel Turner, 25, of Bellport, who is a member of the Bloods street gang, pleaded guilty on March 27 to five counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, B felony; six counts of Assault in the First Degree, B violent felony; one count of Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, an unclassified misdemeanor; and one count of Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, a B felony. He was sentenced today by Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho to 27 years in prison.
“This is one of the more significant prison sentences we have ever seen on a vehicular crime case in Suffolk County, and it’s for good reason,” District Attorney Sini said. “This is a drug-dealing gang member who caused the death of five individuals and seriously injured a sixth individual. Nothing can undo his actions that day, but today we made sure that Jamel Turner will not pose a threat to the safety of the residents of Suffolk County for a very, very long time.”
On Feb. 14, 2018, at approximately 11:20 a.m., Turner was driving a 2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS, which was reported stolen, eastbound on Route 25 when he crashed into a 2012 Mazda that was also traveling eastbound.
At the time of the crash, Turner was driving the vehicle at a speed of 154 mph.
The Camaro then struck an oil truck traveling westbound and the Mazda struck a 1999 Infiniti traveling eastbound.
The four passengers in the Mazda, who were identified as Jacquelyn McCoy, 55, of Calverton; her daughter, Mary Alice Booker, 36, of Riverhead; McCoy’s son, Anthony McCoy, 33, and his girlfriend, Tameka Foster, 42, were pronounced dead at the scene by the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner. The cause of death for all four victims was determined to be blunt force trauma and thermal injuries, indicating that they were still alive following the impact.
Lonidell Skinner, 19, of Bellport, who was a passenger in the Camaro, was ejected from the vehicle on impact and was pronounced dead at the scene. Turner’s dog, Prince, was also ejected from the Camaro and died.
“Those lives were lost for one simple reason: the dangerous, reckless, depraved actions of Jamel Turner,” District Attorney Sini said.
Turner was operating the vehicle while impaired by marijuana and was in possession of crack cocaine at the time of the incident.
“Jamel Turner was driving high on marijuana - so high that [an analyst from the Suffolk County Office of the Medical Examiner] said it was the second highest level of marijuana that they’d ever seen in a living specimen,” District Attorney Sini said.
This case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Brendan Ahern, Bureau Chief of the Vehicular Crime Bureau, Carl Borelli, Deputy Bureau Chief of the Vehicular Crime Bureau, and Ashley Moruzzi, of the District Court Bureau.
Turner was also charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree for selling cocaine on three occasions in August and September 2017. That case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jacob Kubetz, of the Enhanced Prosecution Bureau.