WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. - A White Plains woman is facing up to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty 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 Tuesday, Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced that 43-year-old Michelle Bonet has pleaded guilty to multiple felonies after being indicted following the fatal accident last fall.
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.
On Tuesday, Bonet pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated vehiclular homicide and two counts of manslaughter, both felonies. She also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated, and driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drugs or of alcohol and any other drugs.
Bonet's bail was continued. She is due back in court for sentencing on Tuesday, Aug. 1, where she will face a minimum of one to three to a maximum of eight and one-third to 25 years in state prison.
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