Indictment to be Unsealed for Coram Man, Stephan Harbison, Involved in Fatal DWI; Has Prior DWAI Conviction
April 15, 2015
LONG ISLAND, NY – A Coram man charged with DWI after a fatal crash on Straight Path in Deer Park last January will be arraigned tomorrow in Central Islip.
Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said a grand jury indicted Stephan Harbison last week. The 27 year old defendant had a blood alcohol reading nearly double (.15%) the legal limit (.08%) when he lost control near Ellensue Drive and struck a tree.
Stephan Harbison, 27, of Coram, will be arraigned tomorrow in Central Islip. State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho will unseal the indictment. Photo SCPD.
One passenger, Hamzah Abdul-Hakim of Wyandanch, 28, died at the scene, and another passenger, 28-year-old Ismail Latif, also of Wyandanch, suffered a traumatic brain injury.
Police arrested Harbison for drunk driving, vehicular manslaughter and other crimes. He is incarcerated in lieu of $300,000 cash bail.
Harbison’s prior convictions include driving while ability impaired by drugs, aggravated unlicensed operator of a motor vehicle, and burglary.
State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho will unseal the indictment.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty. Defendants are entitled to a fair trial with the burden on the prosecution to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
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