Abram Almahri, 19, of Millbrook Terrace in New Paltz, was charged this week by an Ulster County grand jury with four counts of aggravated vehicular homicide and one count of assault in the second degree.
The charges stem from a two-vehicle collision on Henry W. DuBois Drive, which occurred on March 29. An investigation by the New York State Police revealed that Almahri was operating a 2008 Volvo when he failed to stop at a stop sign and collided into the rear of a 2012 Toyota Scion operated by Charlie Rodriguez. Rodriguez was severely injured as a result of the collision.
Two passengers in Almahri’s vehicle, Walter Morales-Duarte and Jacob Davis, both of New Paltz, also suffered serious injuries. A third passenger, Jade Randazzo, 25, of New Paltz, was killed in the crash. Almahri’s blood alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit at the time of the collision.
This indictment reflects the grand jury’s finding that Almahri engaged in reckless driving while having a blood alcohol content of .18 or higher, which resulted in the death of Jade Randazzo. The Grand Jury further found that Almahri’s reckless driving while intoxicated caused three other people to sustain serious physical injuries.
Aggravated vehicular homicide is a class B non-violent felony which carries a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in state prison.