Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the guilty plea of TIFFANY MURDAUGH, 35, for recklessly driving onto a crowded Lower Manhattan sidewalk in April 2015 and striking a pedestrian, causing serious injury to the victim. The defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Assault in the Second Degree and Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree. She is expected to be sentenced on August 3, 2016.
“This defendant careened onto a sidewalk near an elementary school at 8 o’clock in the morning on a school day,” said District Attorney Vance. “It is a miracle that no one else was hurt by her recklessness. This driver not only narrowly missed a mother and her two young children, she seriously wounded a woman who had to endure months of physical therapy to rehabilitate her leg. I hope this conviction serves to deter reckless and illegal driving that endangers our City’s residents.”
According to the defendant’s guilty plea and statements made on the record in court, at approximately 8:00 a.m. on April 13, 2015, MURDAUGH drove a 2013 Dodge Challenger for nearly half a block along a crowded sidewalk on Beekman Street, near the intersection of William Street and adjacent to PS 397, known as the Spruce Street School. MURDAUGH struck a 37-year-old woman, knocking her to the ground, before continuing to drive for several more feet along the sidewalk.
The victim suffered serious injuries, including a broken knee and a head laceration. The defendant subsequently drove to Brooklyn, where she was later involved in another vehicular collision.
Investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Vehicular Crimes Unit, as well as the NYPD’s Collision Investigation and First Precinct Detective Squads, used surveillance video, eyewitness accounts, and other information to identify and locate MURDAUGH, leading to her arrest.
Assistant District Attorney Philip Gary handled the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Jill Hoexter, Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Unit; Assistant District Attorney Eugene Porcaro, Chief of Trial Bureau 30; and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division.
District Attorney Vance thanked the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad and 1st Precinct Detective Squad.
TIFFANY MURDAUGH, D.O.B. 4/2/1981
- Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count
- Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a class D felony, one count