2005-09-30 / Front Page

‘Drunk’ Husband Crashes Car, Wife Dies

Denies Responsibility At Hospital
By Brian Magoolaghan


Right: Edward T. Bain’s Lexus wrapped around a utility pole. His wife, Donna, was killed in the crash.Right: Edward T. Bain’s Lexus wrapped around a utility pole. His wife, Donna, was killed in the crash.

A drunk Belle Harbor man, whose wife died last Friday night when he crashed his Lexus on Cross Bay Boulevard, made bizarre comments to investigators that suggest he was trying to escape responsibility, according to allegations.

Edward T. Bain, who was arraigned this week in Queens Criminal Court on manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and drunk-driving charges, was allegedly intoxicated when he crashed his sporty 1999 Lexus into a utility pole and a tree in Broad Channel. Bain, a Verizon field technician, was nearly thrown from the car, his wife, Donna Marie Murtagh Bain, 35, was crushed into the back seat. She died instantly. Neither was wearing a seatbelt, police said.

A Wave source who was on the scene said Bain, 38, had no idea who was in the car with him at the time of the deadly crash.

“He said [the victim] was his sister-in-law and that his brother was going to kick his ass,” according to our source, who used the word “blitzed” to describe Bain’s condition.

Police said Bain was in shock after the accident, but two hours later, while being treated for back, neck and facial injuries at Jamaica Hospital, he allegedly denied responsibility for the entire incident.

“I wasn’t driving. I don’t know who that woman is,” he told a police officer, according to court records that indicate the comments will be entered as evidence. Bain also refused to undergo blood and alcohol testing and challenged officers by saying, “What are you going to do? Find the bartender?”

Bain’s attorney, Joseph Mure, said his client was in shock and “doesn’t remember any of that stuff.”

A spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said a court authorized search warrant was issued so that a blood sample could be collected from Bain. The results were not available at press time.

The Bain’s, of 433 Beach 128 Street, have an 11-year-old son, Thomas Peter. Published reports said Donna was a passionate animal rescuer, and often found homes for strays. So strong was her concern for animals that her family requested donations in her memory to the King’s Highway Animal Rescue in Brooklyn, in lieu of flowers.

“I would like Donna to be remembered for how she lived, rather than the tragic way she died,” her best friend Tara Cullen told The Wave. “Donna was a beautiful person, a loving mother and a true friend.”

District Attorney Brown in a statement called Donna Bain “a devoted mother.

“The case is another example of the lethal consequences resulting from driving while intoxicated,” said Brown. “Now the defendant will have to live the rest of his life knowing that if he did not get behind the wheel that evening, his wife would still be alive.”

Family members, friends and neighbors gathered this week to mourn her loss at the Denis S. O’Connor Funeral Home.

Edward Bain entered a plea of not guilty and was released on $25,000 bail, according to Mure. He is due back in court on October 7, according to a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

“It’s an absolute shame. He’s dealing with a very difficult situation,” Mure said of his client. “His entire life changed.”

Bain faces up to 15 years in prison if he is convicted on all of the charges.

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