Motorist Charged with Manslaughter for Fatal Bowery Hit-and-Run Last November
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The Brooklyn man accused of running down a homeless man on the Bowery back in November was charged with manslaughter yesterday.
On the evening of November 24, 24-year-old Danny Lin sped northward on the Bowery in his 2001 BMW sedan and fatally struck beloved local Robert Perry. He had been going more than twice the legal speed limit of 25mph when the accident happened, tossing Perry’s body more than 140 feet from impact. The hit-and-run ended when the luxury car smashed into a fire hydrant at the corner of Stanton Street.
For his crimes, the City charged Lin with second degree manslaughter yesterday, a Class C felony punishable by up to fifteen years in prison.
Here is a little more about Mr. Perry, per the Bowery Mission, where he had been quite active:
Robert was a charter member of The Bowery Mission’s photography club, producing haunting photographs taken from his life’s perspective. In his artist’s statement, Robert reminded us, “I want people to hear my story, hear my cry… We are looked at like dirt, but we are somebody.” Tonight, we remember Robert not as a “homeless man,” but as a child of God, with a name, a story, and gifts to offer the world.