Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the conviction of JOSEPH DARLINGTON, 43, for Aggravated Vehicular Assault and other charges relating to a 2012 crash on the Lower East Side that critically injured two pedestrians. As proven at trial, DARLINGTON was driving while under the influence of alcohol when he collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Allen and Delancey Streets, also striking two pedestrians. DARLINGTON was found guilty by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of Aggravated Vehicular Assault, Vehicular Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol. He is expected to be sentenced on November 15, 2013.
“This is a serious case of vehicular assault and a sad reminder of the harm that can be caused by drunk driving,” said District Attorney Vance. “This defendant’s criminally reckless decision to drive drunk had life-altering consequences for everyone involved. My office’s Vehicular Crimes Unit is dedicated to prosecuting this kind of conduct and we will continue our substantial efforts to improve safety on Manhattan’s streets.”
As proven at trial, in the early morning hours of March 11, 2012, DARLINGTON was driving east on Delancey Street after a night out of drinking. The defendant failed to stop at a red light at the intersection of Allen and Delancey Streets, colliding with another vehicle before careening into the median where he struck two pedestrians. Though both victims survived, they sustained permanent injuries.
Assistant District Attorneys Amy Hare and Caitlin Nolan handled the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney William Beesch, Deputy Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Unit; Assistant District Attorneys Consuelo Fernandez and John Brancato, Deputy Chiefs of Trial Bureau 30; Assistant District Attorneys Jill Hoexter and John Wolfstaetter, Co-Chiefs of the Vehicular Crimes Unit; Assistant District Attorney Eugene Porcaro, Chief of Trial Bureau 30; and Executive Assistant District Attorney Karen Friedman Agnifilo. Trial Preparation Assistant Katherine Adams assisted with the case.
JOSEPH DARLINGTON, D.O.B. 10/16/1969