Drug Impaired Hudson Valley Driver Guilty of Vehicular Manslaughter
A Hudson Valley man is heading to prison after he was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter and driving while on drugs.
Prosecutors say that on October 19, 2014, 35-year-old Antoine Simmons, of Yonkers lost control and crashed his vehicle while driving at a high speed on Rumsey Road in Yonkers.
Simmons hit the tree with such impact that his 2001 Lincoln Town spilt in half. A female front seat passenger was not wearing a seat-belt at the time of the crash. She was killed instantly.
Simmons was taken to Jacobi Medical Center with non-life threating injuries. An investigation determined that he was under the influence of PCP and marijuana at the time of the crash.
In Westchester County Court on Wednesday, Simmons was found guilty of 2nd-degree vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, operating a vehicle while ability impaired by drugs, all felonies, reckless driving, and 3rd-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, misdemeanors.
Simmons is scheduled to sentenced on April 20. He faces a maximum of seven years in state prison.