QUEENS CRIMINAL COURT — A Queens man accused of drunken driving and causing a horrific motorcycle crash last week that left two men clinging to life was formally charged by Queens District Attorney Richard Brown last weekend.
Omesh Mohan, 29, of Richmond Hill, allegedly had a blood alcohol level of .17, more than twice the legal limit of intoxication of .08, when he spoke to police who responded to the scene around 5 a.m. on Aug. 17. Police said Mohan had the smell of alcohol on his breath, and bloodshot, watery eyes.
Mohan allegedly told police he drank just one vodka drink at a club before he got in his 2005 Cadillac Escalade around 4 a.m.
Officers said Mohan's Escalade was pulled halfway into the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 124th St., with a Suzuki motorcycle wedged beneath it.
Mohan allegedly told police he had come to a stop at the intersection, and looked both ways before pulling in to the roadway, when he was struck from the side by the motorcycle.
The motorcycle's driver, Naquan McIntosh, 23, was found semi-conscious, pinned between the motorcycle and Escalade, the DA's office said. He is still being treated for a neck fracture. The other rider, Corney McIntosh, 21, was found inside the Escalade in the second row of seats, bleeding from his arm and face. The DA's office said he remains in critical condition, suffering from head trauma, bleeding on the brain, a broken pelvis, femur and arm, and brain injuries due to the lack of oxygen, that require him to be in a medically induced coma.
Mohan was arraigned Saturday in Queens Criminal Court on charges of vehicular assault, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (or DUI), and driving without insurance — which had allegedly expired four days prior to the collision — and he is being held on $100,000 bail.
"By his alleged actions, the defendant illustrated the lethal consequences resulting from driving while intoxicated," said DA Brown.
The NYPD said that both Naquan McIntosh and Corney McIntosh were initially arrested after the crash for drugs. The DA's office said that only Corney faced felony charges, for criminal possession of a controlled substance, after a plastic bag of cocaine was found by a doctor treating him at Jamaica Hospital. A spokesman for the DA said the victim would likely be arraigned at a later date.