Bronx DA: Bronx man charged in fatal hit-and-run accident at Fordham Manor


Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark
Photo courtesy of Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark

Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark announced Tuesday, Jan. 18 that a Bronx man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and other charges, following a fatal crash on East Fordham Road last summer.

In the context of the announcement, Clark said: ‘The defendant’s alleged reckless actions resulted in the death of one woman and the injury of a second woman. Instead of staying behind to help and take responsibility for his actions, the defendant allegedly fled and then falsely claimed that his car was stolen to obtain financial compensation.

Clark said the defendant, Demoy Adams, 35, of Spencer Avenue in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, was arrested on Tuesday for leaving the scene of an unrelated incident, third-degree insurance fraud, homicide by criminal negligence, fourth degree insurance fraud, third degree theft, two counts of first degree offering false instrument of deposit, two counts of second degree offering false instrument of deposit, assault at the third-degree, reckless driving and fifth-degree insurance fraud before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Marsha Michael.

According to the investigation, and as reported, on August 28, 2021, at approximately 8:42 p.m., Adams was driving his BMW 5 Series on East Fordham Road near Morris Avenue in the Fordham Manor section of the Bronx. CCTV showed his vehicle weaving through traffic, recklessly, and overtaking the sidewalk before hitting Murielle Gousse, who was standing on a sidewalk. She was killed in the accident. A pedestrian standing near Gousse was struck by debris and injured.

Adams was captured on surveillance video near his home hours after the crash. His car was tracked to an auto repair shop in New Jersey and recovered. Investigation later revealed that the accused had reported the theft of his vehicle to the NYPD and his insurance company, although it was recovered and in NYPD custody.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Katerina Kurteva of Trial Office 70, under the supervision of Jeffrey Kimelman, Chief of the Vehicle Crimes Unit, and Jessica Lupo, Deputy Chief of the Trial Office. 70, under the general supervision of James Brennan, Deputy Trial Division Chief, and Theresa Gottlieb, Trial Division Chief.

Clark thanked Jamece Hill, Trial Preparation Assistant from the Vehicle Crimes Unit for his assistance in the investigation, as well as Peter Kennedy, Chief of the Technical Investigation Office, Selena Ley and Oladimeji Gbolade from the Office of Technical Investigation, and Gregory Gianacopulos of the NYPD Highway. district collision investigation team.

A person arrested and charged with a crime is innocent until proven guilty by a court.

The accused is due back in court on March 8, 2022.

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