MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A driver from Mount Vernon has been charged in the Saw Mill River Parkway accident in Yonkers that left two dead and three injured last year, according to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.
On Monday, Kenyatta Garner, 36, was indicted on a six count charge that includes two felony counts of criminally negligent homicide, two misdemeanor counts of assault in the third degree and one count of unauthorized use of a vehicle. He was also cited for exceeding the speed limit.
The incident left two of Garner’s passengers dead, while injuring himself, the front seat passenger and the driver of the Honda.
Shortly after noon on July 8 last year, Garner was driving his 2010 Mercedes Benz southbound on the Saw Mill River Parkway with four passengers in his car, officials said. As he approached a curve near an entrance ramp, he veered into another lane, slamming into the back of a Honda, police said.
The Mercedes hit the concrete barrier and flipped several times before coming to a rest approximately 500 feet away. Shanikka Hunter and Tony Fortune, who were sitting in the backseat, were ejected from the car and died later that day. The other passengers were transported to Jacobi Hospital, but survived the accident.
Police said they contacted the owner of the Mercedes, to find that it had been taken from a parking garage in Manhattan without consent. There is no known connection between the owner and any of the passengers that day.
Bail has been set at $30,000 cash or bond. Garner faces a maximum of four years in state prison for the top counts; he is due back in court on May 22. Assistant District Attorney Shameika Mathurin, of the Superior Court Trail Division, is prosecuting the case.
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