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Posted on: May 24, 2023

District Attorney Hoovler Details Prison Sentence in Vehicular Manslaughter Case

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For Immediate Release                                                                Contact: Ryan Greenbaum 
 Tuesday, May 23, 2023                                                           845.615.3657, 845.415.0868c


District Attorney Hoovler Details Prison Sentence in Vehicular Manslaughter Case


Ezzial Williams Previously Pled Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree for Killing Local Surgeon While Under the Influence of Cocaine


Defendant Sentenced to 3.5 – 7 Years in Prison, the Maximum Permitted Under Law


Orange County District Attorney David M. Hoovler announced that on Tuesday, May 23, 2023, Ezzial Williams, 38, of Newburgh, was sentenced in Orange County Court three and one half to seven (3.5 – 7) years in prison relating to her previous plea to Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree.  The plea was entered immediately before a jury trial in the matter was scheduled to commence.  The sentence imposed was the maximum permitted under law.  

As alleged in documents filed and statements made in court, Williams was operating a motor vehicle on Route 32 in the Town of Cornwall on October 10, 2021 in excess of the posted speed limit when she crossed over the double yellow line and crashed into the vehicle being driven by a local vascular surgeon.  The crash killed the surgeon.  Prior to operating the vehicle, Williams had smoked cocaine, some of which was recovered from a crack pipe found in Williams’s belongings after the crash.

Members of the New York State Police, including the Collision Reconstruction Unit, investigated the circumstances of the crash and determined that the victim’s vehicle was in the proper lane of travel and that the crash was caused as a result of the defendant’s impairment together with her speed and reckless driving by crossing over the double yellow line.

Williams admitted during the plea allocution that she was impaired by the consumption of cocaine at the time of the collision, was speeding and crossed over the double yellow line and thereby recklessly caused the death of the victim.

District Attorney Hoovler thanked the New York State Police whose investigation led to the arrest of Williams. 

“This case is another example of the horrifying outcomes we often see when combining drugs and driving,” said District Attorney David M. Hoovler. “We lost an innocent member of our community through this defendant’s selfish and tragic choices.  Drugged driving is a choice, not an accident.  I hope that the prison sentence imposed in this case serves to deter others from making such a dangerous decision.  I offer my condolences to the grieving family of the victim in this case.” 

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Assistant District Attorney Christopher Kelly and Assistant District Attorney Anthony Molina. 

This criminal charge is merely an allegation that a defendant has committed a violation of the criminal law, and it is not evidence of guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent and entitled to a fair trial, during which it will be the State of New York’s burden to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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