WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A White Plains woman is facing up to 25 years in prison after she was indicted on multiple felony charges for her role in the deaths of two senior citizens in a head-on collision while driving with drugs in her system and a blood alcohol content nearly quadruple the legal limit.
On Wednesday, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino announced that White Plains resident Michelle Bonet, 46, has been indicted, including multiple felony charges of aggravated vehicular homicide for her role in the accident that took two lives last year.
According to Scarpino, at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Oct. 28 last year, Bonet was driving north on West Hartsdale Road in Greenburgh, when witnesses saw her reportedly crossing over the double yellow line repeatedly, prior to the fatal event, nearly striking a vehicle operated by a 17-year-old coming from Maria Regina High School.
Moments later - while allegedly speeding - Bonet crossed the double yellow line and struck a Lexus sedan with her minivan, which was being driven by her victims - a husband and wife - who were both in their 80s.
“The force of the impact pushed the victims’ car off the road, with the vehicles coming to a rest with the front of each vehicle nearly touching each other and (Bonet’s) car almost entirely in the opposite lane of traffic,” according to Scarpino.
The victims ultimately had to be extricated from their vehicle and were treated at Westchester Medical Center before being pronounced dead. Bonet, who was the sole occupant of her vehicle, was “found slumped over, unconscious,” by first responders.
Two blood samples were drawn from Bonet at different times at the hospital, with those tests determining that Bonet had a blood alcohol content between .25 percent and .29 percent, more than triple the legal limit of .08 percent. Tests also revealed she had an undetermined amount of Diazepam - more commonly referred to as Valium - in her system.
Bonet pleaded not guilty in court to three felony charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and two felony counts of manslaughter. She was also charged with misdemeanor charges of aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated and driving while ability impaired by combined influence of drugs or alcohol.
Following her plea, Bonet’s bail was continued. She faces a minimum of one to four years in prison, with a maximum of between eight and 25 years for her alleged discretions. She is due back in court on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
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