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Jan. 30, 2014 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Kenyatta Garner (DOB 07/13/76) of 616 E Lincoln Avenue, Mount Vernon, New York was convicted today after a jury trial of:

• two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide, class "E" Felonies,
• two counts of Assault in the Third Degree, class "A" Misdemeanors,
• one count of VTL 1180, Speed in Excess of 55 Miles Per Hour, a Traffic Infraction of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.

On July 8, 2012, at approximately 12:15 p.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.

The defendant was taken to Jacobi Hospital as well, where he remained for several weeks having reportedly suffered broken bones and other internal injuries.

Westchester County Police responded and commenced an accident reconstruction.

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 or consent.

There are no connections between owner and the defendant or any of the passengers.

Bail was continued at $30,000.

Sentencing will be on May 20, 2014.

He faces a maximum sentence of four years in state prison.

Assistant District Attorney Shameika Mathurin, of the Superior Court Trail Division, is prosecuting the case.


Kenyatta Garner

Kenyatta Garner