Conviction in 2012 Saw Mill Parkway Deaths

31 Jan, 2014

By Polly Kreisman

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You may remember the 2012 Saw Mill River Parkway crash that flipped a stolen Mercedes and killed two people.

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced Thursday that Kenyatta Garner was convicted of criminally negligent homicide, assault and excess speed.

On July 8, 2012, at approximately 12:15p.m., the defendant was driving a black 2010 Mercedes Benz, at an excessive rate of speed, southbound on the Saw Mill River Parkway with four other passengers in the car.

As the defendant approached a curve near an entrance ramp, he veered into another lane and slammed into the rear of a Honda that was also traveling southbound on the parkway.  The Mercedes struck a concrete barrier and flipped several times before coming to rest over 500 feet away from the point of impact.

Two of the rear seat passengers were ejected from the vehicle and died that day.

The other rear seat passenger was transported to Jacobi Hospital where she was initially listed in critical condition and remained in the hospital for approximately two weeks.  The front seat passenger was also transported to Jacobi Hospital and treated for her injuries.

Following the incident, the owner of the black Mercedes that defendant was driving was contacted at which time it was learned that the vehicle had been taken from a parking garage in Manhattan without the owner’s knowledge.

Sentencing will be on May 20th, 2014.   Garner faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.
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