Driver was Going 111 mph in Crash that Killed the Birthday Girl on the Williamsburg Bridge, DA Says

Posted on: May 8th, 2017 at 5:08 am by

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. last week disclosed further details about the deadly drunk driving crash on the Williamsburg Bridge two months ago.

In announcing the indictment of 26-year-old driver, off-duty traffic cop Stefan Hoyte, prosecutors detailed that he was going 111 mph while crossing the span, nearly four times the legal speed limit. Hoyte crashed the car and killed backseat passenger Amanda Miner, who was out celebrating her 21st birthday.

Miner had been partying earlier in the evening with Hoyte, and her boyfriend (his cop buddy) Michael Camacho. She later found herself riding in the back seat of an Infiniti sedan that lost control and slammed into a divider at about 3:15 am. The birthday girl was ejected; both vehicle and victim were severed in half. Camacho survived. Post-crash, Hoyte told authorities that he only consumed two beverages.

“In the hands of an intoxicated driver, a vehicle can become a powerful weapon capable of destructive and deadly force,” said Vance. “In this horrific case, the defendant is charged with drunkenly slamming into a pillar in such an unwieldy, uncontrolled manner and at such a dangerously high speed that the impact severed the victim in two.”

Hoyte initially claimed to cops that he was driving 50 to 60 mph, court records show. Prosecutors disputed his alibi, revealing that investigators found he was actually going 111 mph. The speed limit on the bridge is 35 mph. According to a hospital blood draw taken shortly after the arrest, the driver had a blood alcohol level of .12.

The defendent is charged with Manslaughter in the Second Degree, Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, and two counts of Operating a Motor Vehicle While Under the Influence of Alcohol. He was out on $100,000 bail when he showed up for the court appearance Thursday, during which a judge reset bail at $250,000.

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