A 23-year-old Brooklyn man charged with driving drunk and killing his passenger on the Meadowbrook State Parkway in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day was ordered held without bail during a hospital arraignment Monday.
Bilal Hassan did not enter a plea to charges of second-degree manslaughter, first-degree vehicular manslaughter and reckless driving as he lay in his hospital bed at Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow before First District Court Judge Scott Siller.
Killed in the crash was Hassan's passenger, Malih Takkouche, 23, from Brooklyn.
"This defendant was driving drunk on his revoked license without an ignition interlock device, and when he did so, he killed his passenger," said Nassau Assistant District Attorney Steven Henesy.
Police said Hassan was driving a black 2014 Infiniti south on Meadowbrook State Parkway and lost control as he tried to exit at the westbound Southern State Parkway in Uniondale. He drove the car off the road and struck a tree, police said. the car burst into flames, police said. No other vehicles were involved in the 2:30 a.m. crash.
Legal Aid Society lawyer David Rosenfeld said Hassan attended a year of Kingsborough Community College and worked recently for a painting company. Hassan, who had two broken legs as a result of the crash, told the judge he made about $80 a day. His next court date is Wednesday in Nassau County Court.
Henesy said Hassan was previously convicted on misdemeanor DWI and reckless driving charges and had his driver's license revoked and was ordered to install an ignition interlock device.
Court records show Hassan was arrested in November 2013 on drunken driving and reckless driving charges in Nassau, and pleaded guilty in October and was sentenced to 5 days in jail and 3 years' probation.
Hassan also has an "open case" in New York City for a "violent robbery," that Hassan allegedly committed between his plea and sentencing in the DWI case, Henesy said.