Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., announced today the indictment of MAHBUB ALI, 26, for driving while intoxicated, killing a bicyclist and injuring four others in Gramercy on June 4, 2023. ALI is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Manslaughter in the Second Degree, and Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence, among other charges.
“Vehicular violence threatens the safety of New Yorkers who have the right to walk and bike without fear,” said District Attorney Bragg. “Mahbub Ali allegedly drove while intoxicated, killing a bicyclist and injuring multiple others as they were out on a summer Sunday. My thoughts are with the friends and family of the young man who lost his life, as well as the victims who continue to heal from their injuries.”
According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, on June 4, 2023, ALI went to brunch with a friend in the Financial District around noon before heading to multiple locations to continue drinking. At approximately 7:30 p.m., ALI, now intoxicated, was speeding up Third Avenue in a Hyundai Sonata with a passenger in the front seat when he struck and killed a 22-year-old bicyclist at the southern intersection of East 21st Street. The bicyclist was flung into the air across the intersection and suffered substantial head and torso injuries. He was pronounced dead shortly after he was rushed to Bellevue Hospital.
ALI then crashed his car into the sidewalk before hitting a light pole, an NYPD van, and a garbage can. As ALI’s car recoiled from colliding into the light pole, a second bicyclist’s leg was injured when the rear of the vehicle hit his bicycle wheel and knocked him off the bike.
Debris from the collision hit two pedestrians on the sidewalk. One suffered a brain injury and a compound fracture to their leg, which required surgery. The other pedestrian’s leg was fractured. The passenger in the vehicle received stitches to their leg.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant D.A.s Kristen Baraiola and Roy Chon under the supervision of Assistant D.A.s Jill Hoexter (Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Unit) and Jessica Lynn (Chief of Trial Bureau 50), and Executive Assistant D.A. Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division). Analyst Matthew Martinez is assisting with the prosecution.
D.A. Bragg thanked the NYPD, particularly Officer Neil Pilgrim of the 13th Precinct and Officer Douglas Gerber of the Collision Investigation Squad.
Queens, New York
- Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a class B felony, two counts
- Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class B felony, one count
- Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class D felony, two counts
- Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count
- Assault in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor, four counts
- Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
- Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count.
- Operating a Motor Vehicle While Intoxicated, two counts
- Reckless Driving, one count
 The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.