Motorist indicted for manslaughter after being told not to drive by doctor

February 12, 2018 Victoria Merlino
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A 41-year-old motorist was indicted for manslaughter and other charges after a 2017 incident during which a preexisting medical condition allegedly caused him to lose control of his vehicle at a high speed, fatally striking a pedestrian.

Mark Antoine was driving in the vicinity of Avenue A and Remsen Avenue in East Flatbush when his leg allegedly stiffened and locked on the gas pedal. He accelerated over the course of two blocks, causing multiple accidents between six other cars and striking and killing pedestrian Marlon Palacios. The speed of the car was allegedly over 60 mph when Palacios was struck.

Following an investigation, it was discovered that Antoine was being treated for multiple sclerosis and his doctor had advised him not to drive.

“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 Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

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If convicted, Antoine faces up to 15 years in prison.

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