DA Vance: Driver Charged With Assault and Reckless Endangerment for Striking and Seriously Injuring Pedestrian on Lower Manhattan Sidewalk

July 22, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of TIFFANY MURDAUGH, 34, for recklessly driving onto a Lower Manhattan sidewalk in April and striking a pedestrian, causing serious injury to the victim, before leaving the scene. The defendant is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with Assault in the First and Second Degrees, Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, and two counts of Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting.[1]

“Pedestrians have the right to feel completely safe and secure on our sidewalks and when crossing the street, which is why the conduct this driver is accused of is so egregious,” said District Attorney Vance. “After allegedly striking and seriously injuring a female pedestrian, the defendant is accused of fleeing the scene. There is no place for this type of recklessness in New York City.” 

According to court documents and statements made on the record in court, at approximately 8:00 a.m. on April 13, 2015, MURDAUGH drove her 2013 Dodge Challenger for approximately half a block along a crowded sidewalk on Beekman Street, near the intersection of William Street, at one point nearly striking a mother and her two young children. The defendant then struck a different person walking on the same sidewalk, knocking her to the ground. This 37 year-old female was treated at the hospital for serious injuries, including a broken shin and a head laceration that required stitches. 

After striking this person, MURDAUGH continued driving on the sidewalk for several more feet at the same high rate of speed without stopping, before turning the vehicle back onto Beekman Street as she fled the scene.  The defendant drove to Brooklyn, where she was later involved in another vehicular collision.

Investigators from the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office’s Vehicular Crimes Unit used surveillance video, eyewitness accounts, and other information to identify and locate MURDAUGH, leading to her arrest.

Assistant District Attorney Philip Gary is handling the prosecution of the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Randolph Clarke, Jr.; Assistant District Attorney Jill Hoexter, Co-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. 

Defendant Information:

Philadelphia, PA

•    Assault in the First Degree, a class B felony, one count
•    Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, one count
•    Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree , a class D felony, one count
•    Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting – Serious Physical Injury, a class E felony, a one count
•    Leaving the Scene of an Incident Without Reporting – Property Damage, a violation, one count


[1] The charges contained in the indictment are merely allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty. All factual recitations are derived from documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court.