Hudson Valley Man Arraigned in Intoxicated Wrong-Way Driving Death
A Hudson Valley Man was arraigned on a 14-count indictment in connection with an intoxicated wrong way driving death of a 64-year-old woman.
According to the Westchester District Attorney’s Office, on Dec. 13, 2015 around 5:49 a.m., 23-year-old Zachary Tokson, of Armonk was driving a white Lexus northbound in the southbound lanes of I-684 in the Town of Bedford.
At mile marker 16.8 Tokson collided head-on with Elena Lopez’s gray Ford Focus. Lopez died instantly on impact from multiple blunt force trauma injuries.
Tokson suffered a laceration over his right eye. A female passenger in his car suffered broken ribs, a dislocated femur, along with lacerations to her liver and spleen. She survived.
Officials allege that Tokson was drinking hours earlier at a bar in Brewster. After leaving the bar and stopping for food, the defendant and his passenger drove South on I-684. They stopped at a rest area in Beford to take a nap.
Tokson woke up and began driving the wrong way for over a mile before the crash.
Officials say a search of his vehicle revealed a closed, empty bottle of whiskey and a mixed alcohol drink inside a closed soda bottle.
Wednesday, Tokson was charged with 2 counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter, 2 counts of vehicular manslaughter, 2 counts of vehicular assault, felonies, driving while intoxicated per se, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving, misdemeanors, 3 counts of obedience to and required traffic-control devices, driving wrong way, violations.
Tokson plead not guilty to the charges. He remains at Westchester County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bail. He’s due in court on July 20.