WHITE PLAINS – A Bronx man pled guilty to four counts of criminally negligent homicide after a 2015 two-car crash that claimed the lives of three passengers in the other vehicle and his two-year-old daughter who was ejected from his vehicle.
Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. announced on Aug. 11, 2017, that Nerim Sinanovic of Bronx, pled guilty before Judge Barry Warhit to four counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide, class E Felonies, one count of Reckless Driving, a Violation of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, a Misdemeanor, one count of Violation of Section 1180 of the Vehicle and Traffic Law, driving a vehicle at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions.
The D.A. said that on Aug. 15, 2015 at approximately 2:50 p.m., the defendant was driving his BMW SUV northbound on the Taconic State Parkway in Yorktown. His wife was in the front passenger seat and their two young daughters were in the rear seats.
The defendant told New York State Police that while driving northbound on the Taconic State Parkway he took his hands off the steering wheel, turned towards the back seat and steered with his knees. This caused the vehicle to veer to the right. The defendant’s wife then grabbed the wheel and the vehicle veered left and continued up and over the dividing center median between the north and southbound lanes.
The vehicle became airborne and crashed into a Toyota Camry which was traveling in the southbound lane. There were three family members in that vehicle at the time of the crash. Two sustained massive internal injuries and were pronounced dead within hours. The third person died on September 15, 2015 at Westchester Medical Center.
The defendant’s children, a two-year old and a one-year old, who were both in child seats were ejected from the vehicle. The two-year old was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two additional vehicles, a Ford Escape and an Acura RSX were also struck. Those occupants sustained non-life threatening injuries.
A toxicology report indicated the defendant had a level of Xanax in his system over therapeutic levels at the time of the crash.
The defendant will be sentenced on Jan. 24, 2018.
The defendant faces a maximum of one-and-a-third to four years in state prison.