Jaquan Carr of Wyandanch, 28, was Linked to Crash Through DNA in Blood on Airbag.
Central Islip, NY - January 7, 2019 - Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the indictment of a man for allegedly driving into oncoming traffic and crashing his vehicle into a limousine, injuring four passengers, then fleeing the scene.
Jaquan Carr, 28, of Wyandanch, is charged with four counts of Assault in the Second Degree, a D felony; four counts of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, an E felony; Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, an A misdemeanor; and Reckless Driving, a misdemeanor.
“This is a classic case of ‘you can run, but you can’t hide,’” District Attorney Sini said. “Great work by Assistant District Attorneys Jacob DeLauter and Sean MacDonnell and detectives from the Suffolk County Police Department’s Second Squad in conducting a thorough investigation of the evidence to bring charges against this defendant.”
At approximately 1:30 a.m. on July 1, 2018, Carr was allegedly driving a 2012 Mercedes Benz sedan eastbound on Wilmington Drive near Chiswell Drive in Melville when he veered into the westbound lane and struck a 2014 Lincoln limousine.
The driver of the limousine was transporting five passengers home from a wedding. Four of the occupants suffered serious physical injury, including fractured legs and a traumatic brain injury resulting in seizures.
Carr allegedly fled the scene of the crash in a separate vehicle.
A DNA analysis of blood found on the airbag of the Mercedes Benz revealed a match to Carr in the FBI’s Combined DNA Index System (CODIS). In addition, paperwork was found in the car containing Carr’s name.
Carr was arraigned on the indictment today in front of Suffolk County Judge Anthony Senft Jr. Bail was set at $75,000 cash or $150,000 bond. He is due back in court on Feb. 5.
If convicted of the top count, Carr faces a maximum sentence of seven years in prison.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Jacob DeLauter, of the Vehicular Crime Bureau.
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.