GREENPOINT, Brooklyn — The allegedly drunk driver who killed a mother when he knocked her off the Brooklyn Queens Expressway has been charged with 16 offenses including aggravated vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving, prosecutors said.
Vladimir Menin, 43, had more than twice the legal blood alcohol limit when he allegedly slammed his black BMW into Aissatou Diallo, 49, Monday morning, prosecutors said. Diallo, who had pulled over to deal with a flat tire on her Chevy, was thrown from the highway and fell to the street below.
Menin was arraigned Monday and charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, first-degree vehicular homicide, second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, criminally negligent homicide, speeding, driving under the influence, third-degree assault and resisting arrest, among other charges.
Witnesses at the scene said Menin sped and swerved around one car before colliding with another around 2:45 a.m., according to court documents. Three people in that car were injured.
Menin allegedly hit Diallo after that and attempted to flee without providing his name or insurance information to anyone, prosecutors said. He was driving with a suspended license.
He smelled of alcohol when he was arrested, police said. Menin had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and an unsteady gait. He flailed around and refused to be handcuffed. Menin was hospitalized for minor injuries.
He is due back in court on Friday. Bail was set at $500,000.