MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a West Hempstead man was arraigned today on grand jury indictment charges for the fatal Baldwin crash that killed a 21-year-old man in March and injured his parents.
Roy Gomez, 39, was arraigned today before Acting Supreme Court Justice Meryl Berkowitz on charges of:
Bail was set at $250,000 bond or $100,000 cash and the defendant is due back in court on May 1. If convicted of the highest charge he faces 8-1/3 years to 25 years in prison.
“This alleged hit-and-run driver killed an innocent 21-year-old and injured his parents when he rear-ended their car while driving drunk and high, then allegedly hid from police while the family was left in the street,” DA Singas said. The allegations in this case underscore the need for stronger penalties for hit and run drivers in New York.”
DA Singas said on March 13 at approximately 10:15pm, the defendant drove his 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer south on Grand Avenue in Baldwin while intoxicated and impaired by drugs when he rear-ended a Nissan Altima that was stopped for a red traffic signal at Milburn Avenue. The violent impact pushed the rear of the Altima into the passenger compartment, left all three victims trapped inside the vehicle and propelled the Nissan down Grand Avenue. Following the collision, the defendant allegedly fled the scene in his vehicle, parked it a few blocks away and then ran away on foot.
The defendant was later arrested at 3:30am by members of the Freeport and Nassau County Police Departments who found the defendant sleeping in a boat on Woodcleft Avenue in Freeport.
21-year-old Jovanni Bien-Amie of Baldwin died on March 14 from injuries sustained in the crash and his parents, Jacques Bien-Aime and Kettelye Plantin, were also injured.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Alexander DePalo of DA Singas’ Vehicular Crimes Bureau. The defendant is represented by the Legal Aid Society.
The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless found guilty.