Cabby Can't Recall Hitting Man While Allegedly Drunk, Complaint Says

By Smriti Rao on May 16, 2012 12:20pm 

A criminal complaint has been filed against drunken cabby accused of mowing down a 25-year-old.
A criminal complaint has been filed against drunken cabby accused of mowing down a 25-year-old.
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QUEENS BOULEVARD — A cabby accused of drunkenly mowing down a 25-year-old man and ramming into five or six parked cars said he has no memory of hitting anybody.

Avedis Sayesh, of Brooklyn, has been accused of drunk driving, second-degree manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide. The man he's accused of hitting Sunday later died.

Sayesh, who was driving a livery cab, admitted drunk driving and ramming into the cars at 46th street, in Sunnyside, Queens, when another vehicle cut him off, but said he doesn’t remember hitting a person, according to the criminal complaint filed Tuesday.

Sayesh was speeding on Sunday when he ran through the intersection of 46th Street, according to the complaint. His 2003 Mercury Marquis then hit the curb and rammed into Gabriel Hernandez, who was standing on the sidewalk, police said.

Hernandez later died of severe trauma to his head and body.

Police said Sayesh continued driving down Greenpoint Avenue, where he rammed into several parked cars.

A Breathalyzer test of the cabby later revealed a .11 blood alcohol content, according to police.

At the time of his arrest, Sayesh was reeking of alcohol, with bloodshot eyes and was wobbly on his feet, cops said. He has admitted to drinking two beers earlier, according to police.

Sayesh faces up to 25 years in prison if he is convicted, the New York Post reported.

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