D.A. Bragg Announces Manslaughter Charges Against Driver Who Killed Two Pedestrians

October 3, 2022

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin L. Bragg, Jr., today announced the indictment of LEANDRO DIAZ-RAMIREZ, 28, for speeding through a red light in Inwood and causing a crash that killed two pedestrians. DIAZ-RAMIREZ is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with two counts of Manslaughter of in the Second Degree, one count of Assault in the Second Degree, two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide and three counts of Assault in the Third Degree. [1]

“As alleged, this reckless speeding and driving ended in tragedy,” said District Attorney Bragg. “Manhattanites should not be killed by drivers when they are simply walking in their neighborhood. We will continue to protect the safety of pedestrians and drivers on our streets.”

According to court documents and statements made on the record, DIAZ-RAMIREZ was driving a BMW at approximately 59 miles per hour in at 25 mile per hour zoon at 4:00 am on August 3. He sped through a red light at the intersection of Sherman Avenue and 207th Street and T-boned a Subaru that was driving through a green light at the same intersection.

The impact of the crash caused the Subaru to skid onto the sidewalk and crush two pedestrians, while the driver broke several ribs and his pelvis.

The two individuals killed, aged 40 and 31, were friends and local Inwood residents. 

Assistant District Attorneys Julie Nobel and Juan Maldonado are handling the prosecution of the case, under the supervision of Lisa DelPizzo (Chief of the Trial Division).  

Defendant Information:
Bronx, New York


  • Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class C felony, two counts
  • Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count
  • Criminally Negligent Homicide, a class E felony, two counts
  • Assault in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor, three counts


[1] 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.