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New City Motorcyclist Charged in Motor Vehicle Death

According to the Journal news, a motorcyclist from New City who was involved in a May crash on the Sprain Brook Parkway that killed a pioneering hip hop performer has been charged with vehicular homicide.

Clifford Perkins, 25, was charged in an indictment unsealed Thursday with a felony count of criminally negligent homicide and misdemeanor charges of reckless driving, reckless endangerment, aggravated unlicensed operation and traffic violations.

Perkins was injured in the May 25 crash that killed another motorcyclist, Scott Phillips, 45, of West New York, New Jersey.

"The tragic death of Scott Phillips was preventable, as are so many vehicular fatalities," District Attorney Janet DiFiore said in a statement. "This defendant, as outlined in the indictment, with a revoked driver's license, operated his motorcycle in the middle of the day, on a busy parkway with such negligence and recklessness, that he endangered any motorist who was on the road that day and ultimately caused the collision that ended in a fatality."

Witness told investigators that a dozen or so motorcycles were traveling at up to 100 miles per hour south on the Sprain Brook near Interstate 287 that day.

A motorcycle that investigators said was operated by Perkins struck the rear bumper of the Mazda driven by a 29-year-old Mamaroneck man.

That car then hit the motorcycle operated by Phillips.

Investigators estimated that Perkins was driving his motorcycle at between 82 and 95 miles per hour when he struck the car.

Finally, the police and the local district attorneys are taking seriously drivers who drive reckless and injure people. Its ridiculous that these people think they can drive like that with impunity.

StolzenbergCortelli LLP knows intimately what reckless driving can do to families -- where fathers and mothers are injured; where they can no longer support their family; where they live in pain for the erst of their lives. Driving is a serious matter and when you fail to drive safely, you should -- and must -- be punished.

At least this is a step in the right direction.

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