STONY POINT, N.Y.(CBSNewYork) — There is grief and concern following a Christmas Eve crime.

A woman was struck and killed by an unlicensed driver who left the scene. He was arrested, and immediately released back on the street, under the terms of New York state’s new bail reform law.

Those close to the victim are struggling to understand why, CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported Thursday.

“I feel fortunate to have met her and have had her in my life,” friend Irene Secone said.

Friends and family are distraught following the death of 35-year-old Marie “Rosie” Osai.

(credit: Stony Point Police Department)

The immigrant from Haiti, a mother of three, was run over on Christmas Eve while crossing route 9W in Stony Point.

Facing a felony charge for fleeing a fatal accident is 27-year-old Jorge Flores-Villalba. According to court records, Flores-Villalba told an investigator, “I was driving and I did strike a person. I didn’t call the police. I was afraid because I don’t have a license.”

When the suspect was arraigned Christmas Day, the town justice released him without bail.

“We’re all here devastated. Her family is devastated, and this man on Christmas Day goes home and spends it with his family,” Secone said.

Stony Point Supervisor Jim Monaghan blames Albany lawmakers.

“Logistically, it made sense to release the defendant at this time based on the new laws that go into effect Jan. 1,” Monaghan said.

Monaghan said bail reform would have mandated release of the suspect next week, anyway.

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The reform pushed by Albany Democrats eliminates bail for all misdemeanors and most non-violent felonies.

“To walk into a courtroom the next day and walk out with no bail and I’ll see you in another week, it just isn’t right,” Secone said.

“Everybody I’ve spoken to, once they’re aware what took place with this bail, they’re outraged,” Monaghan added.

Bail reform advocates say the law allows judges to impose electronic monitoring, and claim critics are fear mongering.

The unlicensed driver accused of killing Osai is free, on just a promise to return to court on Jan. 9.

Several lawmakers want to change or delay implementation of bail reform and other criminal justice revisions. Albany Democrats have said they will monitor how the reforms work before considering any changes.

Comments (29)
  1. Duke Rich says:

    This is propaganda intended to keep alive a system that benefited those who could afford it, and those who profited off of those that couldn’t. Under the old system, take this same scenario and make the perpetrator a member of a well to do family and bail would be posted and the individual would be free awaiting trial. Does having money make the charged crime any more or less worthy of incarceration during trial? These are the mechanisms that must be dismantled to even begin to have a serious discussion about remedying “mass incarceration!”

    1. Sasha says:

      YES. All of this.

  2. Daniel Burkard says:

    Is this guy a citizen or illegal immigrant? Vehicular homicide and no license at 27 is throwing up red flags.

  3. Nora Mongan says:

    I would love to see if this asshole shows up on January 9th

    1. Sasha says:

      There are many people awaiting trial that are not in jail. Many. There are very few that jump bail, the higher number is people that answer to their accusation.

    2. Arian Smith says:

      He will show up for sure – in Mexico.

  4. Sasha says:

    These comments are hilarious. Bail reform was necessary, prison reform is necessary and that’s coming real soon to a community near you. None of you seem to have a problem with the criminals stealing our tax dollars to use whatever way they like though do you? Or the republicans and that horrific tax scam that’s really destroying us economically – everyone’s fine with those criminals right? Bail reform was a long time coming and so is the awful prison corporate bee ess. Prison for profit should be abolished, the criminal justice system is so effed and all you people are crying about this one accident. Did you know there are many people not held or out on bail? This is just an excuse to cry about something you know nothing about. Stupid.

    1. Darius says:

      No doubt you are saying this because the victim was Haitian.

      1. Sasha says:

        LOL. Why would that even matter? The criminal justice system is horrifically broken. Bail reform needs to happen everywhere, and hopefully it will.There are many people awaiting trial and they’re just walking around living life. This is no different. Most people are free because they are innocent until proven guilty. This is the first step in trying to save our criminal justice system.

  5. Marie Osai says:

    Who was this man’s employer? What address did he provide the court? What address is the homicide vehicle registered and who was the homicide vehicle registered under? Track them all down!!

  6. Red Rivers says:

    Vigilante justice will soon return to NY. See Death Wish, Charles Bronson–1974.

  7. tcd106 says:

    It appears the dementocraps feel that a lawless group of blue states will prevent Trump from being re-elected. NY, Baltimore, Virginia Illinois, California, are all working together to provide a means to which they will say, See we told ya so. Trump is a danger to America”.

  8. Veritas Aequitas says:

    And so it begins!! It’s not even January 1st yet….

    This is what the public has to suffer when their ELECTED LIBERAL POLITICIANS get their way and pass laws like this.

    One can only hope that the people who supported these ultra liberal laws may soon feel the tragedy that has befallen this family in a similar fashion.

    “It’s only just begun”. Between this and the new laws pertaining to discovery (CPL 245), NY jurisprudence is about to get “ugly” for the public our law & order is supposed to protect.

    The politicians in Albany should be ashamed at what they’ve done, considering they had no comprehensive consultation with Criminal Justice professionals before rushing to add / amend law.

  9. judy says:

    sounds like if someone kills or maims you or your kin you need the Mafia like in the old days to get things fixed. Would not be surprised to see something like this re surge to replace this injustice of a system.

  10. pb4ugo says:

    Democrats are anti-immigrant when they allow one immigrant to walk free after killing another immigrant.

  11. beefrank says:

    Well, the citizens get who they vote for. Eat it, proggies.

  12. Pat Childs says:

    But he already showed himself as a flight risk……………??????????

  13. Paul B. says:

    Democrats need to wear this around their neck next November. They are destroying the nation, and Cuomo is vying for the lead.

  14. TJ Flynn says:

    You people in BLUE states get the government you deserve. You continually reelect the same people knowing full well that they value criminal illegals over tax paying citizens. Every day, stories like this one, are published and you are all still “shocked or surprised”.

  15. What part of “DemocRats hate America” don’t you get?

  16. Vin B says:

    If only this illegal had time to also get this license at the DMV he would have stayed and called the cops right? Two new assanine laws being displayed in one crime. Unbelievable

  17. Is That Right? says:

    He already has a new name and new identity. Catch and release.

  18. Bob says:

    Three bad laws since Progressives took total control of NY in 2018- illegals getting drivers license, stupid bail law and partial birth abortion law.
    A normal brain could easily figure out what the results of this bail law will be- many will not return to court and while out will commit more crimes. Only a diseased progressive min cannot see it.

  19. Bo says:

    Gives me another reason to leave NY. For years the GOP controlled the state Senate and could block bad progressive laws. They lost control in 2018 and the result has been partial birth abortion law, illegals getting drivers license and this bail law. Only progressives could consider a hit and run resulting in death a non violent crime.
    The result of this stupid bail law is easily predictable- many of those released will not return to court and commit other crimes.

  20. nick says:

    New York is fast becoming a disaster thanks to irrational politicians. And what’s reported in this story is yet another reason to vote conservative or Republican. Glad I got out of New York State years ago. My condolences to the family of the victim.

  21. mindots revenge says:

    Usually democrat ideas fail after implemented, now they fail before.

  22. James Reagan says:

    This is the kinds of things you get when you vote Democrat…

  23. roadapplefl says:

    Bail? ROFLMAO… ROFLMAO Again!!!!

    He’s already back in Mexico now, never to be seen until he is arrested for killing another American, probably in California, where they also will set him free with no penance for his crimes, once more.

    An American citizen would be jailed until a high bail was paid or until trial for KILLING another human being. Illegals are innocent, even when they plead guilty.

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