Brooklyn man allegedly neglects doctor’s orders and kills father
A 41-year-old Brooklyn man with multiple sclerosis allegedly neglected his doctor’s orders not to drive, got into accidents with six cars and killed an innocent pedestrian in East Flatbush, officials announced on Friday.
Mark Antoine was arraigned on second-degree manslaughter, negligent homicide, reckless driving and speeding charges before Supreme Court Justice William Miller on Thursday for the death of Marlon Palacios, according to a district attorney statement.
While driving his 2004 Nissan Pathfinder near Avenue A and Remsen Avenue on Jan. 9, 2017, Antoine’s leg allegedly locked on the gas pedal from his medical condition. With the car clocking at least 60 mph for over two blocks, he crashed with six other cars and fatally struck Palacios at Avenue A and Linden Boulevard.
“This was a preventable death that could have been avoided if the defendant had listened to his own doctor’s advice, instead he got behind the wheel and now an innocent father is dead,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in a statement. “Following a thorough investigation, we will now seek to hold him accountable because I am determined to keep our streets safe for all pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.”
Miller ordered Antoine be held on $50,000 bail to return to court on Feb. 14.
Antoine faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted of the top charge.