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New Charges Added in Bay Shore ‘DWI’ Crash That Killed 3

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A driver has been arrested for allegedly racing a suspected drunken driver who authorities said caused the fiery crash that killed a father and his two children in Bay Shore last month.Sheon Richards, 23, of St. Albans, pleaded not guilty Thursday at Suffolk County court to charges of reckless driving, reckless endangerment, speeding and failure to maintain lane.Oniel Sharpe Jr. , the 24-year-old Springfield Gardens man accused of crashing into the family’s car, and Demetri Stewart, the 23-year-old Cambria Heights man who allegedly helped him fleethe scene, were also indicted on new, upgraded charges.“Richards is going 90, 95 mph and he told investigators that at that speed, his friend, Oniel Sharpe Jr., is catching up to him ,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “Witnesses who saw Sharpe’s car weaving from lane to lane estimate his speed to be between 120, 130 mph.”Prosecutors said Sharpe and Richards were both racing BMWs on the Southern State Parkway when when Sharpe allegedly rear-ended a car near exit 41 at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, July 12.Three people in the vehicle that Sharpe allegedly hit—37-year-old Ancio Ostane and his two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4—were trapped in the burning vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said.Their mother and Ancio’s wife, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, escaped and was taken to South Side Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was treated for minor injuries and released. The family was on their way home to St. Albans after leaving a family party in Central Islip, police said.Sharpe, who previously pleaded not guilty to charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of a fatal accident, also pleaded not guilty to new charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, manslughter, tampering with evidence, reckless driving and traffic violations.Stewart, who previously pleaded not guilty to charges of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, hindering prosecution and criminal facilitation, also pleaded not guilty to new charges of leaving the scene of an accident, criminal facilitation, making a false statement and marijuana possession.Instead of trying to help the victims, Spota said that Sharpe and Stewart “shamelessly sought to cover up their involvement in the crash by discarding evidence, leaving the scene and intentionally misleading and lying to investigators.”The district attorney added that investigators have a video showing Sharpe retrieving a bottle from the backseat of his car and heaving it away from his vehicle—but authorities found a bottle of Patron Tequila from the brush near the crash scene.In addition to the crash-related charges, Spota said Sharpe’s 24-year-old cousin, Courtney Sharpe of Springfield Gardens, was charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument and attempted identity theft after authorities found 23 counterfeit cards hidden in the steering column of the BMW X-5 Sharpe was driving, according to investigators.Courtney Sharpe also pleaded not guilty. Her bail was set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. Her cousin’s bail was set at $500,000 cash or $1.5 million bond. Bail for Stewart was set at $150,000 cash or $300,000 bond and Richards was released without bail.last_img read more

The Latest: Top star Freeman among 4 Braves to test positive

first_imgMLS said the postponement would allow both teams to have additional training days in Orlando before opening tournament play.FC Dallas will now play its first tournament match July 15 against the Seattle Sounders.___Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrawn from the All-American Team Cup tennis tournament in Atlanta.Tiafoe was scheduled to face Tennys Sandgren on Saturday in the weekend tournament involving eight top American men’s players. The event is allowing a limited number of fans and not requiring masks, though will provide them if requested. July 4, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus. Tiafoe defeated Sam Querrey on Friday but was showing symptoms after the match and a test was positive. Tiafoe, a 22-year-old who reached the 2019 Australian Open quarterfinals, left the event site and was replaced by Christopher Eubanks. Tiafoe was captain of Team Stars, playing against John Isner’s Team Stripes.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and three other pro players had tested positive for the virus after playing in a similar exhibition event in Europe. The pro tennis tours are suspended until August.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___The MLS Is Back tournament match between FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps has been postponed after six FC Dallas players tested positive for COVID-19.The group stage match was scheduled to take place Thursday. MLS officials announced the postponement Saturday and said a new time and date would come later.FC Dallas confirmed Wednesday that players had tested positive upon their arrival in Florida for the month-long tournament. The entire FC Dallas delegation is quarantining in their rooms at the walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.Vancouver’s team is scheduled to arrive in Orlando on Monday.center_img The Latest: Top star Freeman among 4 Braves to test positive Teams begin arriving at Disney for a brief quarantine followed by the start of their training camps on Tuesday.___The Indian Open golf event on the European Tour was canceled on Saturday because of the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.The tournament was initially postponed from March to an unspecified time later in 2020, but has now been scrapped following consultation with the European Tour and Asian Tour.The European Tour is due to restart this month with six straight events in Britain. ___The NBA announced the schedule Saturday for scrimmages at the Disney complex, with 33 games set for between July 22 and July 28.Each of the 22 teams that will be part of the season restart has been scheduled for three games.All three arenas at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex that will be used for the restart will also play host to the scrimmages.There will be between three and six games per day during that six-day span. The season will officially resume with the start of seeding games on July 30. Manager Brian Snitker said Saturday the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests.Snitker said Freeman had a negative intake test before having a positive test on Friday. Snitker said the first baseman has a fever and “is not feeling great.” “It will be a while before we can get him back,” Snitker said.Major League Baseball has scheduled the 60-game season to start on July 23. Freeman is the biggest star in the sport so far to have his positive virus test publicly announced by his team.The 30-year-old Freeman set career highs with 38 home runs and 121 RBIs last season in helping Atlanta win its second straight NL East title.last_img read more