Defendant: Kristen Lynn (DOB 02/08/85)

Dec. 8, 2020 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced Kristen Lynn of Yonkers pleaded guilty in the death of a 28-year-old Yonkers woman on the Saw Mill River Parkway in Hastings-on-Hudson in July 2019. She appeared in Westchester County Court before State Supreme Court Justice Barry Warhit.

Specifically, Lynn pleaded guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a class B felony, and Vehicular Homicide in the Second Degree, a class C felony.

Lynn was indicted by a Westchester County Grand Jury in October 2019. Sentencing is scheduled for March 11, 2021.

Just after midnight July 21, 2019, Kristen Lynn, driving a Lexus southbound on the Saw Mill River Parkway at Hastings-on-Hudson, rammed into the rear of a Honda driven by Danielle Gore-Johnson, 28, of Yonkers. By the impact of the crash and the speed at which the Lexus was traveling, Gore-Johnson’s car was pushed off the road into the shoulder, spinning the car sideways. The Honda landed on impact against a tree where it split in half. The driver, Gore-Johnson, was killed.

Lynn was driving in a reckless manner, at high speeds and with a blood alcohol count well above the legal limit. After crashing into the rear of the victim’s vehicle, Lynn’s car began skipping and spinning along the road. It then flipped over, slid for another several hundred feet and landed in the wooded shoulder. Lynn had been ejected from the vehicle before it came to a stop. Other motorists called 911. She was alive but semiconscious and unresponsive. Lynn was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she underwent surgery and treatment for serious injuries.

An extensive investigation was conducted into the crash by the Westchester County Police Accident Investigation and Reconstruction team, and detectives from the General Investigations Unit. Assistant District Attorney Daniel Flecha, Deputy Chief in the Trial Division, is prosecuting the case.

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