DA Vance Announces Conviction of Driver for Reckless, High-Speed Race Around Manhattan

November 6, 2014

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of ADAM TANG, 31, for engaging in a reckless, high-speed race around Manhattan in August 2013. The defendant was found guilty by a jury in New York State Supreme Court of both counts in the indictment against him, including Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree and Reckless Driving. TANG, who was free on bail, failed to return to court during the final day of the trial and is currently a fugitive. He was convicted by the jury in absentia, and is expected to be sentenced on December 8, 2014.

“The city’s roadways are not a racetrack,” said District Attorney Vance. “Adam Tang showed blatant disregard for our traffic laws, and this dangerous and illegal behavior – which he repeatedly flaunted online – placed lives at risk. His daredevil antics were rightly found to be reckless by a jury of his peers, and I would like to thank them for their service on this case.”

As proven at trial, in the early morning hours of August 26, 2013, TANG circumnavigated Manhattan in his BMW Z4 convertible at speeds well above the posted limits. Beginning in East Harlem, the defendant drove south on the Franklin D. Roosevelt Drive (FDR) to the Battery Park Underpass at dangerously high speeds, then traveled north on West Street onto the West Side Highway, across the Cross Bronx Expressway to the Harlem River Drive, and then returned south on the FDR to 116th Street. TANG completed the trip in approximately 24 minutes, driving at an average speed of 69.2 miles per hour and at times hitting speeds of nearly 100 miles per hour. 

TANG filmed the drive with a camera mounted on his car’s dashboard, and then uploaded portions of the video to YouTube using the pseudonym “Afroduck.” He also posted the video – entitled “Fastest Lap Around Manhattan” – on Facebook, discussed it on Twitter, and sought further recognition by sending emails to public relations agencies and at least one online news outlet. The NYPD was able to identify TANG using his computer’s IP address, leading to his arrest on September 5, 2013. 

Assistant District Attorneys Jaime Hickey-Mendoza and Timothy Duda handled the prosecution of this case, under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys John Brancato, Deputy Bureau Chief of Trial Bureau 30; Assistant District Attorney Eugene Porcaro, Chief of Trial Bureau 30; and Executive Assistant Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. Paralegals Manuel Guzman-Garrow, Laura Gronauer and Strategic Intelligence Analyst Robert Chavez assisted with the case.

District Attorney Vance thanked Sergeant Richard Angeletti, Detective George Lang and Police Officer Michael Murphy from the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad and Detective Michael Arena from the NYPD’s Intelligence Division. 

Defendant Information:

ADAM TANG, D.O.B. 8/20/1983
New York, NY

•    Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
•    Reckless Driving, an unclassified misdemeanor, one count