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Sadian Found Guilty in Hit-and-Run Fatality

Criminally negligent homicide conviction stems from fatal 2007 Roslyn Heights hit-and-run

MINEOLA, NY – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a jury has found Mayer Sadian, 20, of Roslyn Heights, guilty of Criminally Negligent Homicide stemming from a fatal Roslyn Heights hit-and-run.  Sadian was also convicted of Leaving the Scene of an Accident, after prosecutors proved that he fled the scene of a July 2007 crash that resulted in the death of pedestrian Dr. Jeffrey Siegel, 48, of Old Westbury.

Rice said that on the evening of July 6, 2007, Sadian was operating his gold 2000 Honda Accord northbound on Mineola Avenue.  According to accident reconstruction and witness testimony, the car was traveling more than 60 mph.  The vehicle struck Dr. Siegel as he was crossing Mineola Avenue just north of the Long Island Expressway.  Sadian’s vehicle did not stop after the crash, continuing northbound toward Northern Boulevard.  Dr. Siegel was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Rice said that Sadian’s flight from the scene forced authorities to go to great lengths to determine the driver of the automobile that struck the victim.  The car involved in the crash was secreted in Sadian’s garage immediately following the incident.  There were no videos of the incident and there were no eyewitnesses who could identify the driver of the car.  With Sadian refusing to come forward and accept responsibility, it took authorities more than seven months to piece together the crime and apprehend the defendant.

“This arrest was the result of solid, dedicated police work,” said Rice.  “From the time he left Dr. Siegel dead in the street, to the moment of today’s homicide conviction, this defendant has refused to take responsibility for his actions.  This has been a tragedy from start to finish and I hope today’s verdict brings some sense of justice to the family of Dr. Siegel.  They deserve closure and they deserve to know that someone was held accountable for tearing apart their family.”

The jury found Sadian not guilty of Manslaughter in the Second Degree.  Nassau County Judge Alan Honorof presided over the trial and will sentence the defendant.  Based on the two felony convictions, Sadian faces a maximum of 11 years in prison at his sentencing December 17. 

Assistant District Attorney and chief of the the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau, Maureen McCormick and Assistant District Attorney Robert Schalk are handling the case for the District Attorney’s Office.  Sadian is being represented by Stephen Scaring, Esq.