Driver indicted on manslaughter charges for Manhattan crash that killed 2 pedestrians


INWOOD, MANHATTAN – A Bronx man has been indicted on multiple charges for a crash in Manhattan August 3 that killed two pedestrians.

This is an update to a previous story.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr. announced the indictment of 28-year-old Leandro Diaz-Ramirez in the case.  He was arrested last month for the incident that occurred at West 207th Street and Sherman Avenue in the Inwood section.

Prosecutors said Diaz-Ramirez was driving a BMW at high speed at about 4 a.m. when he went through a red light at the intersection and T-boned a Subaru that was going through a green light.  The impact caused the Subaru to skid onto the sidewalk, where it struck the two pedestrians.  Evidence indicated that Diaz-Ramirez was driving at about 59 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone at the time.

The victims were 31-year-old Joel Adames and 40-year-old David Fernandez, who were friends and Inwood residents.

“As alleged, this reckless speeding and driving ended in tragedy,” said Bragg. “Manhattanites should not be killed by drivers when they are simply walking in their neighborhood. We will continue to protect the safety of pedestrians and drivers on our streets.”

The New York State Supreme Court indictment charges Diaz-Ramirez with two counts of manslaughter, one count of second-degree assault, two counts of criminally negligent homicide, and three counts of third-degree assault.

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