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Driver in Taconic crash that killed four to no more than four years in prison


Sinanovic

WHITE PLAINS – A Bronx man, who caused a tragic accident on the Taconic State Parkway in Yorktown that killed a family of three in another car and his two-year-old child, pled guilty in Westchester County Court to four counts of criminally negligent homicide. Nerim Sinanovic faces the maximum sentence allowable under the law of 1 1/3 to four years in state prison.

Sinanovic, 37, was driving his SUV north on the Taconic in Yorktown in the afternoon of August 15, 2015. His wife was in the front passenger seat and their two young daughters were in the rear seats.

In court on Friday, Sinanovic said he took his hands off the steering wheel, turned toward the back seat and steered with his knees. That caused the vehicle to veer to the right. His wife grabbed the wheel and the vehicle swerved left, continuing up and over the dividing center median between the north and south lanes.

The vehicle became airborne and crashed into a southbound sedan with three people.  Two sustained massive injuries and died within hours. A third person died one month later in.

Sinanovic’s two-year-old daughter was ejected from his vehicle and died at the scene.

Two other vehicles were also struck. Those occupants sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Sinanovic pled guilty to four counts of criminally negligent homicide, one count of reckless driving and one count of driving a vehicle at speed greater than is reasonable and prudent under the conditions.

 


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