Bronx Drunk Driving Accident Leaves Passenger Dead

By Paul DeBenedetto on July 17, 2012 12:33pm 

Pedestrians in Times Square walk past a police car May 26, 2004 in New York City. The U.S. fears that al Qaeda may be plotting an attack inside the country or against U.S. interests abroad. Despite these warnings, the government has no plans to raise the terror threat level and has no details on when, where or how an attack might occur.
Pedestrians in Times Square walk past a police car May 26, 2004 in New York City. The U.S. fears that al Qaeda may be plotting an attack inside the country or against U.S. interests abroad. Despite these warnings, the government has no plans to raise the terror threat level and has no details on when, where or how an attack might occur.
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THE BRONX — An alleged drunk driver has been arrested after hitting a pole late Monday night, killing the backseat passenger, officials said.

The driver, Chad Bennett, 18, of Wakefield, hit a parked van with his 1998 Nissan Altima in front of 3990 Webster Ave. next to the Woodlawn cemetary at around 11:17 p.m., an NYPD spokesman said. He allegedly lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a utility pole.

Kevin Lee, 23, of Edenwald, was sitting in the backseat when the car hit the pole. Cops said Lee sustained serious body trauma and was taken to Montefiore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Bennett and another passenger, an unidentified 23-year-old, were taken to Jacobi Hospital, and both are in stable condition.

Bennett has been arrested, and charged with vehicular manslaughter, reckless endangerment, criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving, speeding and driving while intoxicated, police said.

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