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Juan Martinez-Landaverde charged with DWI, Leandra's Law violation, in Jericho crash

Juan Martinez-Landaverde, 34, of Glen Cove, was arrested

Juan Martinez-Landaverde, 34, of Glen Cove, was arrested on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2015, and charged with driving while intoxicated, aggravated DWI and aggravated DWI under Leandra's Law, as well as with having an unrestrained backseat passenger under age 4 and with endangering the welfare of a child, police said. Photo Credit: NCPD

A Glen Cove man charged in January with a violation of Leandra's Law after police said he crashed his car while driving drunk with his 2-year-old daughter in the backseat has been indicted by a grand jury, the Nassau district attorney's office announced Friday.

Juan Martinez-Landaverde, 35, was driving south Jan. 28 on Broadway near Manhattan Drive in Jericho about 5:50 p.m. when he crashed into another car stopped at a red light "while highly intoxicated," acting District Attorney Madeline Singas' office said in a news release. His 2-year-old daughter was unrestrained in the backseat. The male driver of the car he struck was hurt in the crash, which resulted in an assault charge, prosecutors said. Martinez-Landaverde and his daughter were not hurt, and the girl was turned over to her mother, police said at the time.

Prosecutors said Martinez-Landaverde was arraigned Thursday on grand jury charges of a Leandra's Law violation, aggravated driving while intoxicated, two counts of DWI-alcohol, endangering the welfare of a child, second-degree reckless endangerment, third-degree assault and reckless driving. Bail of $1,500 cash was continued, and Martinez-Landaverde is due back in court Aug. 12. Singas' said if he is convicted on the top charge, he faces a maximum sentence of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison.

Leandra's Law, named for 11-year-old Leandra Rosado, makes it a felony, even on first offense, to drive drunk with a passenger 15 years of age or younger in the vehicle.

Rosado was killed in a DWI accident in October 2009 when the vehicle she was riding in overturned on the Henry Hudson Parkway in Manhattan.

Martinez-Landaverde's Manhattan-based attorney could not immediately be reached for comment Friday evening.

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