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Joyrider Sentenced in Double-Fatal on the Saw Mill

Kenyatta Garner was doing 98 mph in a Mercedes taken from a Manhattan parking garage when the car crashed, flipped—and two of his four passengers died. 

They were all strangers to the owner of the car, which had been taken without the owner's knowledge or consent, said the Westchester County District Attorney. 

Today the 37-year-old Mount Vernon man was sentenced to two to four years in state prison on his January 2014 conviction—after trial—on:

• two counts of Criminally Negligent Homicide, class “E” Felonies,
• two counts of Assault in the Third Degree, class “A” Misdemeanors,
• one count of VTL 1180, Speed in Excess of 55 Miles Per Hour, a Traffic Infraction of the NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law.

When the accident happened in 2012, Garner was southbound on the Saw Mill River Parkway near the Cross County Parkway.

According to DA Janet DiFiore's office, as the defendant approached a curve near an entrance ramp, he veered into another lane and slammed into the rear of a Honda that was also traveling southbound on the parkway. The black 2010 Mercedes struck a concrete barrier and flipped several times before coming to rest more than 500 feet away from the point of impact.

Two of the rear seat passengers were ejected from the vehicle and died.

The other rear seat passenger was transported to Jacobi Hospital where she was initially listed in critical condition and remained in the hospital for about two weeks. The front seat passenger was also transported to Jacobi Hospital and treated for her injuries. 

The defendant was taken to Jacobi Hospital as well, where he remained for several weeks having reportedly suffered broken bones and other internal injuries.

Arthur Vecchiotti June 03, 2014 at 06:49 AM
That's all he got for what he did. Insane!
Mike Rodriques June 03, 2014 at 08:56 AM
Steals a car and kills two people. Gets two to four years. Guy gets caught with some grass and can go away for 7. Makes perfect sense to me...
patrick disalvo June 03, 2014 at 02:11 PM
Someone got paid off.

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