A Long Island woman is facing decades behind bars for her role in a high-speed crash on the Meadowbrook Parkway that killed a 39-year-old woman and injured her 8-year-old son.
Freeport resident Nicole Pollock, 26, was arraigned on Wednesday, March 4, on a 13-count grand jury indictment for her role in the fatal crash last month, Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said. Pollock was allegedly intoxicated at the time of the crash.
Singas said that shortly after midnight on Sunday, Feb. 2, Lisette Quintanilla was driving north on the Meadowbrook Parkway near exit M7 in Hempstead along with her son. Pollock was allegedly driving at a high rate of speed while she was highly intoxicated when she rear-ended the Kia.
Quintanilla lost control of her vehicle, crossed over several lanes of traffic and crashed into a tree in a nearby wooded area. The crash killed Quintanilla, while her 8-year-old son suffered a fractured arm and other injuries.
It is alleged that Pollock attempted to walk away from the scene after her car came to a stop along the guardrail, but she was ultimately stopped by a Nassau County Police investigator.
Pollock was charged with
- Aggravated vehicular homicide;
- Two counts of vehicular manslaughter;
- Two counts of assault;
- Reckless endangerment;
- Reckless driving;
- Driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs or alcohol;
- Operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs;
- Aggravated driving while intoxicated, and;
- Two counts of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.
“These Grand Jury charges allege that an eight-year-old boy’s mother was killed in front of him because of this defendant’s decision to recklessly drive drunk,” Singas said. “My office is committed to obtaining justice for this young man and his family, although nothing will change this terrible loss. They have our sincere condolences.”
Singas said that bail was continued at $200,000 bond or $100,000 cash bail. Pollock is due back in court on Wednesday, March 30 to respond to the charges.
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