DA Vance: Driver Charged With Manslaughter for Striking, Killing 57-Year-Old Pedestrian on the Lower East Side

April 28, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the indictment of DANNY LIN, 24, for fatally striking a 57-year-old man with his car while driving approximately 55 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour zone on the Lower East Side in November. The defendant is charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree.[1]

“Less than three weeks before this fatal collision, New York City lowered its speed limit, recognizing that pedestrians struck by vehicles traveling at 30 miles per hour are twice as likely to die as those struck at 25 miles per hour,” said District Attorney Vance. “This defendant is charged with speeding down the Bowery at more than twice the new speed limit, allegedly striking and killing a 57-year-old man. Miraculously, no one else was hurt when the car he was driving crashed into a hydrant on a sidewalk filled with other pedestrians. City streets are no place for this kind of reckless driving and dangerous speed.”

According to documents filed in court and statements made on the record in court, at approximately 7 p.m. on November 24, 2014, LIN was allegedly speeding north on the Bowery in a 2011 BMW 335xi. The defendant is charged with striking 57-year-old Robert Perry, who was crossing the Bowery near Rivington Street, sending the victim’s body into the air before landing more than 140 feet away. After striking Mr. Perry, LIN continued a block before driving onto the sidewalk and crashing into a fire hydrant near several pedestrians. Mr. Perry was taken to Beekman Downtown Hospital, where he was pronounced dead less than an hour later.

Assistant District Attorneys David Drucker and Edward Jayetileke are handling the prosecution of this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorneys John Wolfstaetter, Co-Chief of the Vehicular Crimes Unit; Warren Murray, Chief of Trial Bureau 50; and Executive Assistant District Attorney John Irwin, Chief of the Trial Division. 

District Attorney Vance thanked Detective George Lang of the NYPD Collision Investigation Squad, as well as Officer Anthony Kempinski of the NYPD’s Fifth Precinct. 

[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.  

Defendant Information:

DANNY LIN, D.O.B. 7/9/1990
Brooklyn, NY


  • Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count