MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. - A Mount Vernon man is heading to state prison after pleading guilty to drinking and driving his car off of the Cross County Parkway in Yonkers, taking the life of his passenger.
On Thursday, acting Westchester County District Attorney James McCarty announced that Hasani Ewan, 39, was sentenced to between one and three years in prison after being charged on a seven count indictment earlier this year.
Ultimately, pleaded guilty to one felony charge of vehicular manslaughter.
Shortly after 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 7 last year, Ewan was driving eastbound on the Cross County Parkway near the Seminary Bridge in Yonkers with a female passenger when he suddenly drove off the highway into the bridge’s abutment.
The 2001 Honda Accord’s front passenger side impacted the bridge, killing Ewan’s passenger.
According to McCarty, “when police arrived, the defendant was outside the vehicle and appeared to be in an agitated state. Officers noted that Ewan’s eyes were glassy and that he staggered when he walked. They also detected the smell of alcohol on his breath and the smell of marijuana coming from his clothing.”
After being treated for a facial laceration at Westchetser Medical Center, Ewan was arrested and warned that he was under the suspicion of driving under the influence. Upon further investigation, Ewan was found to have a blood alcohol content level of .13 percent, nearly twice the legal limit.
Ewan has been remanded into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections