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SUV Driver In Wrong-Way Crash Injuring Family Of Six In Westchester Admits To Vehicular Assault

Diego Caceres
Diego Caceres Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney's Office

A 36-year-old man who injured a family of six after slamming his SUV into their car while he was driving the wrong way in a February crash in Westchester has pleaded guilty to multiple felony charges.

Manhattan resident Diego Caceres pleaded guilty this week to aggravated vehicular assault stemming from the head-on collision on the Bronx River Parkway in Yonkers that left several people hospitalized.

Caceres was indicted earlier this year by a Westchester County Grand Jury on charges that include:

  • Aggravated Vehicular Assault, a felony;
  • Vehicular Assault, a felony;
  • Two counts of Vehicular Assault, felonies;
  • Two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, misdemeanors;
  • DWAI Combined Drugs and Alcohol, a misdemeanor, and;
  • Reckless Driving, a misdemeanor.
  • Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance, a misdemeanor.

Westchester County Court Judge Larry Schwartz accepted the plea deal on Wednesday, Dec. 12.

Shortly before 3:15 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 9, Caceres was driving his Nissan Murano south on the parkway in the northbound lanes when he struck a Dodge Durango head-on that was occupied by a family of six who had just flown in from Florida, police said.

The crash, which occurred south of the Dewitt Avenue overpass in Yonkers, left all seven occupants of the two vehicles with various injuries that included head trauma, broken legs, head and back pain.

Caceres was arrested at the scene by members of the Westchester County Department of Public Safety. He remains released on bail and is scheduled to be sentenced in March, when he will face a term of between five and 15 years in prison.

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