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June 21, 2013

West Hempstead Man Arraigned on Multiple Felony Charges for Fatal DWI Crash That Killed Two

Boutin faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted

MINEOLA, N.Y. – Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced today that the driver in a one-car crash that killed two passengers and severely injured two more last January has been arraigned on charges that he was drunk and high on marijuana at the time of the crash.

Kervens Boutin, 31, of West Hempstead, was arraigned this morning on a grand jury indictment charging him with four counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, three counts of Vehicular Manslaughter in the First Degree, two counts of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, two counts of Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, three counts of Aggravated Vehicular Assault, three counts of Vehicular Assault in the First Degree, two counts of Assault in the Second Degree, two counts of Vehicular Assault in the Second Degree, Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, two counts of Driving While Intoxicated, Operating a Motor Vehicle While Impaired by Drugs, Driving While Intoxicated by the Combined Use of Drugs and Alcohol, Reckless Driving, and Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted. Bail was set in the amount of $100,000 cash or bond. He is due back in court July 22.

Rice said that at approximately 5:45 a.m. on January 27, 2013, Boutin was driving a 2008 Nissan Maxima with four passengers westbound on the Southern State Parkway at a high rate of speed when he lost control of his vehicle and crashed into a line of trees on the north side of the roadway just east of Exit 22.

Two passengers, 22-year-old Blossom Castro and 20-year-old Bryan Rivas, were killed on impact. Castro suffered injuries so catastrophic that investigators on the scene were unable to determine if she was male or female. Rivas was ejected from the vehicle and suffered severe blunt force trauma and a fractured skull.

A 22-year-old male passenger was ejected from the vehicle and had his right leg severed in the crash while a 19-year-old male passenger, also ejected from the vehicle, suffered severe internal injuries. Both men survived.

Both of Boutin’s legs were severed in the crash.

“Mere words cannot describe the injuries Blossom Castro and Bryan Rivas suffered in this crash, to say nothing of the harm this defendant inflicted on himself and his two surviving passengers,” Rice said. “This tragedy forever altered the fates of the five people involved and their families, and it all could have easily been avoided.”

Assistant District Attorneys Michael Bushwack and Ania Pulaski of the DA’s Vehicular Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case. Boutin is represented by Bruce Barket, Esq.

The charges are merely accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.