New Rochelle driver sentenced in death of friend


WHITE PLAINS – A New Rochelle man was sentenced in Westchester County Court on Tuesday to one to three years in prison for driving a car that crashed, resulting in the October 7, 2013 death of Shaquan Jackson, his friend, who was a front seat passenger.
Juan Barragan-Reyes, 24, pled guilty last October to one count of manslaughter, two counts of vehicular manslaughter, one count of unlawfully fleeing a police officer, two counts of misdemeanor DWI, one count each of reckless driving, aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding harassment and unlawful possession of marijuana.
The incident occurred when a New Rochelle Police officer was interviewing Barragan-Reyes’ girlfriend in front of her apartment concerning a domestic violence incident when Reyes drove up, stopped briefly, pointed a finger at his girlfriend and then drove away at a high rate of speed.
The officer followed him in a marked police car and saw him speeding through red lights before losing sight of him. A short distance away, minutes later Reyes’ car was spotted; it had hit a tree and retaining wall before flipping over.
Both men were ejected.  Neither was wearing a seatbelt.
Jackson died two hours later.

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