Brooklyn, NY – Following the devastating deaths of Nachman and Raizy Glauber and their newborn son, delivered prematurely following Sunday morning’s horrific accident in Williamsburg, two local officials have announced new legislation that will allow prosecutors to assume that hit and run drivers were under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the offense and charge them accordingly.
The new bill was announced at a press conference this morning by New York State Senator Eric Adams and Assemblyman David Weprin and eliminates the possibility that a driver could leave the scene of an accident and sober up before returning to face any possible charges.
“We are proposing a change in the law that would state if a person leaves the scene of an accident and there is serious injury or a fatality then it would be a presumption that that person was driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” Senator Adams told VIN News. “This would be one of the toughest DUI laws in the country but we need to address the problem of people who are intoxicated leaving the scene of an accident. An accident scene would become into a crime scene once a person departs after the incident.”
The press conference took place at the scene of the accident, the corner of Kent Avenue and Wilson Streets in Williamsburg. Also supporting the legislation, which would be a modification to New York State Penal Law sections 120.04(a) and 125.14 and would be considered a class C felony, were Councilman Mathieu Eugene, Senator Daniel Squadron, Councilman Steven Levin, Assemblyman Joseph Lentol.
At the same time Senator Adams announced a $15,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the driver of the 2010 BMW that hit the livery cab the Glaubers were riding in, as previously reported on VIN News.