The allegedly inebriated motorist who flipped a automobile in Chinatown after a Christmas bash, killing his pal, told cops he didn’t even know if he had a passenger, new justice papers show.
Gerald Joseph, 22, done the confusing matter to police at 1:15 a.m. on Dec. 26, reduction than 10 mins after hurtling off the Manhattan Bridge ramp with Shareef Bellerand, 17, in the newcomer seat, annals show.
“I don’t know, someone pronounced we was in the newcomer seat. we don’t know if there’s anyone else in the car,” Joseph told Police Officer Arland Belande at the pile-up site, according to papers filed at his prosecution Thursday in Manhattan Supreme Court.
Prosecutors pronounced Joseph jumped a curb, distinguished a light stick and fire hydrant before the 2004 Mazda 6 flipped over and detonate into flames.
Defense profession Chris DiLorenzo pronounced his client was “unresponsive” when cops got to the scene.
“He was reacting after waking up,” he said. “I don’t know if he was in any kind of state of mind to have an intelligent review with the police after that kind of accident.”
Joseph had been speeding on the overpass — going 65 mph in a 35 mph section — and the hydrant he struck was launched opposite 4 lanes of traffic on the Bowery, prosecutors said.
The Daily News formerly reported the automobile was so deformed it took responders 20 mins to mislay the pair.
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Bellerand died at New York-Presbyterian Hospital. He would have incited 18 next week.
Joseph, of Brooklyn, pleaded not guilty to killing and vehicular killing charges at his prosecution Thursday. He’s free on $50,000 bail.
The suspect’s breathalyzer reading around 4:30 a.m. was twice the authorised extent to drive at .16.
He certified he had “two beers and 3 cups of Hennessy” at a party in New Jersey before borrowing the automobile from one of Bellerand’s kin and pushing to the city.
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Joseph came to grips with reality about 6:15 a.m. at Bellevue Hospital.
“How much difficulty am we in?” he allegedly asked an officer.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s bureau endorsed a judgment of 3 1/3 to 10 years in jail if Joseph pleads guilty.
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