Man Sentenced For BMW Crash That Killed Westchester Teen, Hurt Boyfriend

The driver of a BMW that crashed on Central Avenue last year and killed 19-year-old Nina Cordero in Yonkers and injured her boyfriend has been sentenced to a term of between three and nine years in state prison.

Renzo Yance.
Renzo Yance. Photo Credit: Yonkers Police Department
Nina Cordero.
Nina Cordero. Photo Credit: GoFundMe

Yonkers resident Renzo Yance, 22, who pleaded guilty to a felony count of manslaughter earlier this year, was sentenced on Tuesday, where he faced a maximum term of up to 15 years in state prison for his role in the Aug. 26 fatal crash last year. Yance was originally scheduled to be sentenced last month to a term of between two and six years in prison, but the case was adjourned.

Members of the Yonkers Police Department were dispatched to the northbound lanes of Central Park Avenue, near Sadore Lane at approximately 7:15 p.m. on the day of the crash, where there were reports of an accident involving an overturned vehicle.

Upon arrival, Yonkers Police Sgt. Dean Politopoulos said that officers spotted the vehicle in the roadway, with a passenger having been ejected from the vehicle further down the road, unconscious and unresponsive. First responders administered medical aid, including CPR and transported the 19-year-old Yonkers resident to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Her boyfriend, who was also a passenger at the time of the crash, was hospitalized with injuries.

Westchester County Anthony Scarpino, Jr. Scarpino noted that Yance was driving without a license and was operating the vehicle at more than 100 mph at the time of the crash in Yonkers. Yance also pleaded guilty to two unrelated charges stemming from an earlier incident on Aug. 6, 2017, in Dobbs Ferry where Yance was driving without a license and under the influence of drugs.

Yance has been remanded into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.

In court, Edwin Cordero, Nina Cordero’s father, gave a victim’s impact statement, telling Yance, “I never felt hatred but there is no peace, forgiveness or mercy in me. You will have to find it from God. But it will never come from me or my family.” 

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