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Queens man sentenced to 3 to 9 years in horrific Brooklyn crash

July 3, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — A QUEENS MAN was sentenced Tuesday to 3 to 9 years in prison following his guilty plea for speeding and running a series of red lights in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, ultimately crashing into another vehicle and killing a man. On March 13, 2023, at approximately 4:35 p.m., Elijah Lucaine, 25, of Cambria Heights, was driving a 2015 white Infiniti when he plowed through multiple red lights at a high rate of speed, swerving in and out of oncoming traffic. At the southwest corner of Crown Street and Nostrand Avenue, he drove through a red light at 70 mph in a 25-mph zone and t-boned an Acura being driven by David Ellis, 56, crushing his car and causing his death due to traumatic injuries five days later.

“This defendant’s reckless decision to speed and disobey traffic lights cost an innocent man his life and endangered many others. He has now been held accountable for his criminal conduct,” Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said in a statement. Lucaine was sentenced by Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Joanne Quinones.

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