An Oyster Bay man has been arrested for allegedly driving drunk and killing a 59-year-old Hempstead man in a hit-and-run crash on the Southern State Parkway in Farmingdale last year, authorities said.
Madi Grant was charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, assault, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting, driving while in an intoxicated condition, driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of alcohol and drugs, reckless driving, driving without a license, arson, conspiracy and tampering with evidence.
New York State police and Nassau County prosecutors said the 34-year-old suspect was driving a Chevrolet Captiva when he rear-ended a car driven by Sherman Richardson near Route 110 at 6:30 a.m. Dec. 5, 2014.
The impact caused Richardson, an ironworker who was on his way to work, to crash into a tree, killing him immediately, prosecutors said.
Grant, who allegedly drank alcohol, smoked marijuana and spent hours in a strip club in Queens hours before the crash, fled the scene, according to investigators. A Good Samaritan followed him, but Grant allegedly sped an estimated 70 mph through Amityville side streets. He later torched the car, authorities said.
Judge David Sullivan set bail for Grant at $1 million bond or $500,000 cash. He faces up to 15 years in prison, if convicted. He is due back in court Friday.