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November 17, 2011

Massapequa Park Man Gets 2 to 4 Years in Prison for Drugged Driving Crash That Injured 80-Year-Old Woman

Jacob took 60 Xanax pills and left a suicide note before crash

MINEOLA, NY - Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that a Massapequa Park man has been sentenced to two to four years in prison, the maximum allowable sentence, after crashing into two cars and severely injuring an 80-year-old woman while high on drugs.

Joseph Jacob, 35, was convicted in September of Vehicular Assault in the Second Degree, Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs, and Reckless Driving after a bench trial.

Rice said that at approximately 2:45 p.m. on September 23, 2008, Jacob left a suicide note, took 60 Xanax pills, and then drove away. Jacob was speeding on Carman’s Road in Massapequa when he crossed the center median and three lanes of westbound traffic on Sunrise Highway, and crashed into two cars in the eastbound lanes that were turning left into Sunrise Mall.

The driver of the first vehicle, an 80-year-old woman, suffered several fractured ribs, a ruptured spleen, and diminished mental capacity as a result of the crash. The woman spent about three months in medical and rehabilitation facilities. The driver and passenger in the other vehicle were uninjured.

“An innocent woman’s life and health have been irreparably damaged because of Joseph Jacob’s reckless decision to flood his system with drugs and then get behind the wheel,” Rice said. “This defendant didn’t care who was in his path when he careened through a crowded intersection, and I am glad that the judge sentenced him to the maximum prison term.”

Assistant District Attorneys Gerard McCloskey and Stefan Borovina of the Vehicular Crimes Bureau are prosecuting the case for the District Attorney’s Office. Jacob is represented by Dana Grossblatt, Esq.