An NYPD traffic cop was indicted on Thursday for reportedly driving 111 mph while drunk, and splitting his car in half when he crashed into an NYC highway divider. A woman riding in the backseat of the car was also torn in half by the impact.
New York Daily News reports that Stefan Hoyte, 26, allegedly had his foot “100% on the acceleration” of his car, a 2013 Infiniti G37, on March 16 when he lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a highway divider at around 3:15 a.m. The impact was so severe that 21-year-old Amanda Miner’s body was split apart. She was riding in the backseat of the car. The incident occurred on Williamsburg Bridge while Hoyte was driving south.
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Miner’s boyfriend, Michael Camacho, 24, was also in the car when the crash occurred. He was injured but survived. According to traffic agents that responded to the crash, Miner died immediately.
Hoyt told police that he was driving around 50 to 60 mph on the designated 35 mph highway. Yet, investigators claimed he was going at least 111 mph. Video from a Manhattan bar obtained by authorities showed that Hoyt had been drinking for at least three hours prior to the crash. According to prosecutor Christina Ante, the video showed exactly how much Hoyte drank that night.
“You can literally count how many drinks the defendant was drinking. [Hoyte had] six test tube shots of vodka, two shots of vodka, and one to two mixed drinks that contained vodka.”
Police administered and breathalyzer alcohol test on Hoyte on the night of the crash. It registered at .12. The legal limit is .08 and under in New York. Hoyte claimed that he only had a few drinks and hit a patch of black ice while driving home.
His attorney, Lawrence Fagenson, argued that the black ice and bad weather conditions caused the accident. The lawyer referred to a man, Mark Stein, who called 311 hours before the crash to complain about a concrete obstruction on the highway.
“The accident happened immediately after a snowstorm. The defense identified a witness, that had absolutely no connection to the defendant, who called 311 about three hours before the accident.”
Hoyt, who was charged with criminally negligent homicide, drunk driving, and vehicular manslaughter, was arrested and placed in jail. He made his $100,00 bail. In court on Thursday, the bail was increased to $250,000.
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Miner worked with homeless families and children, and volunteered to help in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina swept through the city. She was a junior at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, where she was majoring in social work. Her mother, Virginia Cabrera-Miner, said Miner was the youngest of three daughters.
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