Driver: Van Failed Before Deadly NY Sidewalk Wreck

NEW YORK (AP) — A driver accused of drunkenly mowing down a pregnant woman on a bustling New York City sidewalk is telling jurors he lost control of a van because its engine failed — not because of the drinks he downed beforehand.

Keston Brown testified Thursday that he had three beers and a shot of cognac within about two hours before the March 2009 crash. Ysemny Ramos was killed and another woman hurt.

Prosecutors said Brown’s blood-alcohol level topped the legal limit, and he was distracted by a passenger’s wolf-whistling at passing women.

The 28-year-old Brown says he was focused on handling the 20-year-old van after its engine abruptly shut off. He says he ultimately couldn’t stop it from jumping a curb near the Empire State Building.

Charges include aggravated vehicular homicide.

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  1. MRS I. UNDERSTAND says:

    LIMIT…????? WAKE UP PEOPLE. YOUR LIMIT SHOULD EXCEED AT HOME NOT BEHIND THE WHEEL. THIS PERSON AND/OR PEOPLE FAIL TO REALIZE THEY DESTROY LIVES AND FAMILIES. YOU LOSE FOCUS..YOUR ABILITY TO THINK STRAIGHT AND YOU LACK THE COMMON SENSE TO NOT DRINK AND DRIVE WHILE “TIPSY..DRUNK..HIGH, BUZZED..HOWEVER YOU DRUNKS WANT TO DEFINE IT.

  2. AmericanCabbie says:

    If you are over the limit, you are drunk. If you are drunk and driving, you are guilty. If you are drunk and driving in a professional capacity you should be held to an even higher standard. (and they are – commercial drivers license holder´s are drunk if over .04 as opposed to .08)

    If you are guilty of mkilling someone while drunk driving you should go to jail for just as long as if you shot that person ‘ because they are never coming back.

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