Keira Corbin, 21, of Wyandanch, was traveling at speeds over 111 mph and using her cell phone when she lost control of a car on a Meadowbrook Parkway exit ramp
MINEOLA, N.Y. – Acting Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas announced that a Wyandanch woman pleaded guilty today for causing serious injuries to an 18-year-old passenger by losing control of a vehicle while high on drugs and alcohol and traveling at an excessive rate of speed on the Meadowbrook Parkway in March 2014.
Keira Corbin, 21, pleaded guilty to Assault in the 2nd Degree (a D violent felony), Driving While Ability Impaired by the Combined Use of Drugs and Alcohol (an unclassified misdemeanor), and Reckless Driving (an unclassified misdemeanor) before Acting Supreme Court Justice Christopher Quinn.
Corbin received a sentencing commitment from Judge Quinn of three years in prison. She is due back in court for sentencing on Sept. 8.
“The combination of alcohol, drugs, using a cell phone and 111 mph speed made this terrible crash inevitable,” Acting DA Singas said. “It is amazing that no one inside or out of the car was killed but the devastating injuries suffered by Ms. Corbin’s passenger should remind everyone to be careful about whom you trust to drive.”
Acting DA Singas said that on March 1, 2014, at approximately 5:20 a.m., Corbin was driving a borrowed 2014 Chevy Cruze at speeds in excess of 111 miles per hour northbound on the Meadowbrook Parkway. The original driver had just exited the car at her home and then gave the car to Corbin to drive.
As she drove at this lethally high speed, Corbin was also using her cell phone. Corbin attempted to exit the Meadowbrook Parkway onto the ramp for the Southern State Parkway, but her excessive speed caused her to lose control of her vehicle, which began to slide – ultimately over 300 feet – off the Meadowbrook Parkway onto a grassy divider between the exit and entrances from the Southern State Parkway.
Corbin’s vehicle slid directly into and through a small tree before it began to roll over. The vehicle flipped over several times and ultimately flipped over a metal guiderail into a wooded area. As the vehicle went over the guiderail, the metal sliced open the car’s roof.
As a result, one of the defendant’s two backseat passengers was seriously injured by the ragged edges of the roof, which essentially scalped the victim and severed a portion of her ear. Corbin’s other passenger, also in the backseat, suffered minor injuries.
In the aftermath of the crash, with her victim unconscious and bleeding from the head in the backseat, Corbin asked concerned citizens who had stopped to assist to not call the police.
Corbin consented to a blood test which revealed a blood alcohol concentration of .17%, as well as evidence of marijuana, and Xanax in her system.
Corbin’s victim is still recovering from her injuries.
Assistant District Attorney Steven Henesy of Acting DA Singas’ Vehicular Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case. Corbin is represented by Monte Chandler, Esq.