White Plains, NY, September 20, 2010 — Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Peter Duah (DOB 6/25/69) of 832 East 218th Street, Bronx, New York, pled guilty today to the entire 10 count indictment charging him with:
• two counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Class “B” Felonies,• one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a Class “C” Felony
• one count of Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a Class “D” Felony,
• one count of Vehicular Assault in the First Degree, a Class “D” Felony,
• one count of Assault in the Third Degree, a Class “A” Misdemeanor,
• one count of Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, a Class “A” Misdemeanor,• one count of Reckless Driving, an unclassified Misdemeanor,
• one count of Operating a Motor Vehicle while under the influence of Alcohol or Drugs, a Class “A” Misdemeanor,
• one count of Driving While Intoxicated, a Class “A” Misdemeanor,
relating to a drunk driving crash that killed an elderly Yonkers man.
On December 28, 2009, at approximately 11:40 pm, a red Ford E 250 van being driven by Duah struck an unmarked New York City Police Department vehicle, which was stopped at a red light at the intersection of East Gun Hill Road and White Plains Road in The Bronx.
The defendant also hit a second vehicle stopped at the same light.
Duah did not stop in either case and fled the scene.
The unmarked police car activated its lights and siren but lost sight of the van and was unable to continue pursuing it because of the damage their vehicle sustained.
Other NYPD units and Yonkers Police were advised to be on the lookout for the van.
At approximately 11:47 pm, the defendant was driving northbound at a high rate of speed on Central Park Avenue in Yonkers where it crosses through the intersection with McLean Avenue.
The defendant’s van struck the rear end of a 2010 Hyundai, which was exiting the A & P Supermarket.
Herbert Goldstein and his wife were trapped inside their vehicle that spun around and flipped over onto the driver’s side.
The van continued for a short distance then struck a tree.
It was found to be unoccupied when police arrived.
The defendant was spotted on a side street running away and was pursued by police who took him into custody.
After being extricated from his vehicle, 65-year-old Herbert Goldstein died the following morning. His wife spent three weeks in the hospital being treated for her injuries.
Duah’s blood alcohol level was found to be .28, more than three times over the legal limit.
Duah faces a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 25 years in state prison when sentenced on November 12, 2010.
Assistant District Attorney Jonathan Strongin of the Superior Court Trial Division is prosecuting the case.