DA SINI: QUEENS MAN INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY LEAVING THE SCENE OF FATAL CRASH WITH PEDESTRIAN
(CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the indictment of a Queens man for allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal crash with a pedestrian.
Donnell Hicks, 26, is charged with Leaving the Scene of an Incident Resulting in Death, a class D felony.
“The evidence in this case is strong, including eyewitnesses, a confession, forensic evidence and much more,” District Attorney Sini said. “Like all of our cases, we will seek justice and make sure we get the right result.”
At approximately 1 p.m. on July 29, Hicks, an employee of AutoZone, was driving a 2017 Dodge Ram ProMaster van out of the parking lot of AutoZone, located at 1295 Deer Park Avenue in North Babylon, when he struck two pedestrians.
One of the pedestrians, Ann Marie Christina, 38, of East Quogue, became caught under the vehicle.
Hicks continued traveling northbound on Deer Park Avenue for approximately a quarter of a mile while dragging Christina. Hicks made a right hand turn onto Shade Street in Deer Park, at which time Christina became dislodged from the van and came to rest in the roadway.
Hicks allegedly exited the vehicle, saw Christina’s body underneath the van, got back into the vehicle and continued on his route.
Christina was later transported to Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center in West Islip, where she was pronounced dead.
Following an investigation into the crash, Hicks was apprehended by Suffolk County Police officers at approximately 1:57 p.m. at the AutoZone located at 595 Portion Road in Ronkonkoma.
Hicks was arraigned on the indictment today in front of Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho. Bail was set at $100,000 cash or $250,000 bond. He is due back in court on September 10.
If convicted of the top count, Hicks faces a maximum sentence of two and one-third to seven years in prison.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Raymond Varuolo, of the Vehicular Crime Bureau.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.