The driver in a July crash that killed doorman Alfred Pocari and injured another pedestrian was charged by Manhattan DA Cy Vance on Thursday with manslaughter and two counts of assault.
Jessenia Fajardo, 38, was driving a 2011 Acura RDX SUV northbound on West End Avenue on July 19 at 3:30 p.m. when she drove through a red light at 98th Street and crashed into Pocari and a woman, the DA said. Both victims suffered severe injuries and were taken to Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital, where Pocari later died. The other pedestrian, who was listed in critical condition after the crash, has asked us not to release her name. Pocari was a beloved doorman at 785 West End Avenue.
Vance also charged Fajardo in a separate crash that occurred in lower Manhattan on May 21, when he says she drove through a stop sign at the intersection and over a pedestrian’s foot while the pedestrian was crossing inside the crosswalk. “The defendant briefly exited her car but fled the scene without providing any identifying information after the pedestrian indicated he was going to call 911,” Vance said in a statement.
Vance said Fajardo had repeatedly endangered pedestrians. “As alleged in this indictment, this defendant’s driving record demonstrates a history of disregard for our laws and the safety of her fellow New Yorkers. In the space of just three months, her reckless conduct included striking three pedestrians, endangering countless others, and causing the death of a beloved grandfather of three,” he said.
These are the full charges against her:
- Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a class C felony, one count
- Assault in the Second Degree, a class D felony, two counts
- Assault in the Third Degree, a class A misdemeanor, one count
- Leaving the Scene of an Incident with Mere Failure to Exhibit Documents, with Personal Injury, a class B misdemeanor, one count
- The Right of Way of Pedestrians and Bicyclists – Physical Injury, an unclassified misdemeanor, three counts