Driver in Cross County Parkway triple fatal indicted on three counts of manslaughter

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WHITE PLAINS – A Bronx man who was the driver in a car crash in September that killed his three passengers was indicted on Tuesday, June 8 on three counts of manslaughter.

Yordany Bautista Hernandez, 20, was driving at 119 miles per hour in a 50 miles-per-hour zone on the eastbound Cross County Parkway in Mount Vernon in the early morning hours of September 25, 2020 when his 2019 Toyota Camry struck a guard rail and rolled over.

Maria Vasquez Guzman, 16, of the Bronx; Garibaldy Reyes Jerez, 22, of Manhattan; and John Pena Martinez, 24, of the Bronx all died at the scene. Bautista Hernandez sustained minor injuries.

“This tragedy has caused enormous sadness and pain for the families and loved ones of the three victims,” said Westchester District Attorney Miriam  Rocah. “We hope that our efforts to hold the driver accountable for his reckless actions will help bring them some peace and closure. I am grateful, as always, for the partnership of the Westchester County Police in this investigation.”

“The deaths of these three young people were enormous tragedies for their families and all who knew and loved them. I commend our officers and detectives for their detailed and diligent investigation,” said Westchester County Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Gleason. “I would like to thank the District Attorney’s Office for its partnership and support during the investigation and grand jury process.”

The collision was investigated by Westchester County Police patrol officers and Accident Investigation Team and detectives from the General Investigations Unit.

The case is before Judge David Zuckerman in Westchester County Court, and is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney and Deputy Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau Dan Flecha.