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.