Far Rockaway Woman Charged With Manslaughter
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown announced today that charges against a Far Rockaway, Queens wo man have been upgraded to man slaugh ter and criminally negligent homi cide in the death of an off-duty New York City Police Depart ment traffic agent struck and killed in Jamaica while standing in front of his vehicle.
District Attorney Brown said, "The defendant, who was originally arrested for driving while intoxicated, has now been additionally charged with reck less manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide as the result of further investigation by New York City Police Department Accident Investiga tion Squad detectives and prosecutors assigned to the Homicide Investiga tions Bureau. The defendant has been accused of operating her vehicle recklessly and taking the victim’s life as a result of her criminal negligence and faces up to 15 years in prison."
District Attorney Brown identified the defendant as Patricia Pauling, 54, of 2206 Cornaga Avenue in Far Rock away. The defendant has been charged in a five-count indictment with Man slaughter in the Second Degree, Vehi cular Manslaughter in the Second De gree, Criminally Negligent Homi cide and Driving a Vehicle Under In toxi ca tion and faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted.
The District Attorney said that the indictment charges that the defendant on December 27, 2003 at about 2:00 p.m. recklessly caused the death of the victim, German Acosta-Disla, 33, who was a New York City Police Depart ment traffic agent. The victim was stand ing in front of the Aduwa Phar macy at 114-32 Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica, Queens, when he was struck and later died as a result of the defendant’s operation of a motor vehicle with criminal negligence. The defendant struck four vehicles before striking and killing the victim.
According to the District Attorney, the defendant was apprehended at the scene and charged with driving while intoxicated because her blood alcohol level was .223, triple the legal limit of .08.