New York Appeals Court Rules On DWI Murder Convictions

Posted on by Defensive Driving | in Defensive Driving Tips

The New York State Court of Appeals wisely upheld the convictions of two Long Island drunk drivers, Martin Heidgen and Franklin McPherson  along with a Staten Island Woman, Taliyah Taylor  whose defense attorneys argued that their clients were too drunk to know right from wrong when got into their vehicles and therefore should have their murder convictions overturned. RID fully supports this ruling.

Here are the three cases:

On July 2, 2005, after a night of drinking in a Manhattan bar, Martin Heidgen of Valley Stream drove the wrong way on the Meadowbrook Parkway at high speed for about two and a half miles before crashing head-on into a limousine bringing home a family from a wedding, killing limousine driver Stanley Rabinowitz and seven-year-old passenger Katie Flynn.  Passengers Neil, Jennifer and Grace Flynn, as well as Chris and Denise Tangney, were also injured.

In October of 2006 after a five week trial, Heidgen was convicted of second degree murder. Heigden’s BAC was .28 at the time of the crash, more than three times the legal limit of .08. He is currently serving a term of 18 years to life for the crime.

On October 18, 2006, after consuming drugs and alcohol, Taliyah Taylor drove the wrong way on Forest Avenue on Staten Island — doing between 80 and 90 miles per hour in a 35 mile-per-hour zone — striking and instantly killing pedestrian Larry Simon.  She continued driving the wrong way before hitting a red light and striking a car stopped at the light, injuring Vincent and Jeanette Cavalieri.

On October 19, 2007, after consuming alcohol and leaving a nightclub around 3:15AM, Franklin McPherson drove the wrong way on the Southern State Parkway at high speed for about five miles before crashing head-on into a vehicle and instantly killing its driver, Leslie Burgess. A recently fired handgun, ammunition and cocaine were also found in his vehicle.

Defense attorneys have long argued that murder shouldn’t be applied in these cases that involve high BACs of their clients. The logic being that they are so intoxicated they lose their judgment. This ruling is an important one in that it will provide clarity and set precedence for holding those who choose to drink and drive, accountable.

Doris Aiken is the President of RID (Remove Intoxicated Drivers), the original anti-DWI national organization in the United States. You can find more information at rid-usa.org.

|

Customer Reviews

Defensivedriving.com has a ShopperApproved rating of 4.7 based on 120421 ratings and reviews.

Emma Rud TX, United States
it's been easy and nice to work through. the videos can be engaging and customer services and support work well and help quickly.
jacob staley None, united states
GOOD
E.S. TX, United States
Everything's great.
Ricardo De La Rosa Texas, united states
It's the best
Chi Edwards Texas, united states
nice website, easy to manuever
Alana Oldenburg None, united states
Easy and straightforward
JOSEPH OTILE None, united states
convenient
Randall Visentine None, united states
Always my go-to!
Carolyn Jacobs None, united states
Defensive Driving Course for myself is what I need and very helpful to sign up for myself.
willie thompson None, united states
GOOD OVERALL EXPERIENCE
RMags Texas, united states
easy to navigate
Gemma Parmar TX, united states
It was simple
Nurudeen Solabi united states
Very easy and straightforward process
Rafael Arreola Ocampo None, united states
Fast and easy registration
Jeramy Norsworthy None, united states
great
George Miller None, united states
Easy to Register
DOROTHY MATHIS None, united states
Quick and easy!!!!
Deysi Mora Herevia None, united states
Quick and easy
Esai Cervantes None, united states
Easy and quick
Omar Guerrero Texas, united states
easy to register
Victor Rincon Texas, united states
Easy to use
Amanda Clark Texas, united states
Easy Access
Mustafa Al-Baidhani
Smooth process
Tyler Solis None, united states
Quick and easy
sean TX, United States
Videos are easy to watch.
Jose Sandoval None, mexico
Best
William Pacheco None, united states
Very Helpful
Jonathon Burns None, united states
nice and easy
See all reviews on shopperApproved.com
Why DefensiveDriving.com
  • 20 Years in Business
  • Over 2 Million Customers Served
  • Highest Possible Better Business Bureau Rating
  • Award Winning Course