Impaired Driver Pleads Guilty to Taconic Crash That Killed Four
A man killed four people while driving with his knees on the Taconic and impaired by Xanax.
On Friday in Westchester County Court, 35-year-old Nerim Sinanovic pleaded guilty to four-counts of criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving and driving at a speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions.
Sinanovic admitted he took his hands off the steering wheel, turned towards the back seat and steered with his knees, while driving north on the Taconic State Parkway in Yorktown on August 15, 2015,
As the vehicle began to veer to the right, Sinanovic’s wife grabbed the steering wheel causing the 2004 BMW sport utility vehicle to veer to the left, continue up and over the dividing center median between the north and southbound lanes.
The BMW struck a 2001 Toyota driven by Donald M. Mulvaney, 63, of Brooklyn and a 2015 Ford operated by 28-year-old Tara F. Duggins of Hampton, Virginia.
A 2003 Acura, driven by 27-year-old Jennifer Enriquez of Peekskil, sideswiped Mulvaney’s vehicle and came to rest after striking the center guide-rail.
Ledell Mulvaney, 61, and Kathrine Mulvaney, passengers in Donald Mulvaney’s car were killed instantly. Donald later also died.
Sinanovic’s 2-year-old child was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene.
Sinanovic and two other passengers in his vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries.
A toxicology report indicated Sinanovic was driving impaired by Xanax, officials say.
Sinanovic faces one to four years in prison when sentenced.