Traffic Cop Sentenced 12 Years for Fatal Williamsburg Bridge Crash Last Year
The drunk off-duty traffic cop who crashed while speeding across the Williamsburg Bridge last year, killing his 21-year-old passenger, was sentenced to up to 12 years in state prison last week.
It was March 2017 when the drunk driving Stefan Hoyte hit 111 mph while crossing the span, nearly four times the legal limit. He and his backseat passenger, Amanda Miner, had been celebrating her birthday on the Lower East Side earlier in the night with friend Michael Camacho. But it took a turn for the deadly when Hoyte lost control of his Infiniti sedan and slammed into the pillar that divides the inner and outer roadways. The birthday girl was ejected, both her and the vehicle severed in the process; Camacho survived.
Prosecutors noted that Hoyte’s blood alcohol level at the time was a purported .12.
In the aftermath, Hoyte pleaded guilty to killing Miner, and was later convicted of manslaughter. The judge last week sentenced him to serve between 4 and 12 years behind bars.
“In the hands of an intoxicated driver, a vehicle can become a powerful weapon capable of destructive and deadly force,” District Attorney Cy Vance previously noted of the tragic incident. “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.