FDNY Firefighter Indicted in Fatal High-Speed Queens Drunk-Driving Crash

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Graham Rayman

New York Daily News

(MCT)

An FDNY firefighter was indicted Wednesday in a fatal high-speed Queens crash last year, accused of being drunk when he barreled into another motorist, killing him, prosecutors said.

John DaSilva, 31, of Staten Island, was hit with aggravated vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter in the June 30, 2020 death of Grady Romero-Duarte on 35th Ave. near 95th St. in Jackson Heights.

DaSilva’s blood alcohol level was 0.22, nearly three times the legal limit.

“Because of the defendant’s alleged recklessness and selfish choices, another driver is dead and his loved ones left mourning a senseless loss of life,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said.

Prosecutors said DaSilva was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee about 64 mph east on 35th Ave. toward 95th St. when he crashed into Romero-Duarte’s 2017 BMW as the victim was turning left onto 35th Ave.

The impact sent the BMW spinning counter-clockwise and it slammed into four parked cars. DaSilva’s jeep hit a fifth parked car.

Romero-Duarte died at the hospital.

DaSilva was arraigned Wednesday morning before Queens Supreme Court Justice John Zoll on a nine-count indictment, including for manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, assault and misdemeanor aggravated driving while intoxicated. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

Zoll ordered DaSilva back to court Sept. 30.

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