Yonkers man indicted in June hit-run death of girl, 16
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A man who police say ran down a 16-year-old Gorton High School student while allegedly driving drunk on a Yonkers street in June was indicted Tuesday on numerous charges, officials said.
Waverly Patrick, 53, of 2 Hudson St., Yonkers, was indicted before Judge Robert Neary and charged with one count of first-degree vehicular manslaughter, two counts of second-degree manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene, all felonies; as well as two counts of driving while intoxicated and one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated, misdemeanors, Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said in a statement.
On June 22, Patrick was driving west at 9:28 p.m. on Valentine Lane when his Jeep Cherokee struck Keyairra Price, who was walking along the street with her 15-year-old friend, Angelique Cogdell, on the way to a nearby store. The impact threw Price to the sidewalk, fatally injuring her, as Patrick drove away from the scene toward the intersection of Valentine Lane and Riverdale Avenue, officials said.
An ambulance took Price to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where she later died.
Witnesses provided police with a description of the vehicle, and at 2 a.m. June 23 detectives spotted Patrick's car in a parking lot outside his apartment building. They questioned him, placed him under arrest and impounded his car as evidence.
Patrick's blood-alcohol level was found to be in excess of .18 percent, more than twice the legal limit of .08, officials said. A reading of .18 percent or higher triggers the aggravated DWI charge.
Price was a cheerleader and softball player at Gorton High in Yonkers. Her mother, O'Meeka Johnson, told Newsday in June that Keyeirra was "a huge Barbra Streisand fan" who showed her creativity by painting and playing clarinet and electric guitar.
Relatives told News12 at the time they believe Price might have lived if Patrick had stopped and dialed 911 instead of fleeing.
Patrick remains in Westchester County Jail without bail and is due back in court Dec. 19. He faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison if convicted, officials said.
Assistant District Attorney John O'Rourke, chief of the Major Case Bureau, is prosecuting.
A call to Patrick's attorney, Louis Ecker of Yonkers, was not immediately returned Tuesday.