A Woodhaven man who police say was drunk when the van he was driving over Memorial Day weekend struck and severely injured a Manhattan woman, has been indicted by a grand jury on three felony charges.
Jose Romero-Flores, 33, kept driving, East Hampton Town police charged, despite hitting Sophia Pitt, 26, hard enough to injure her badly. The accident happened early morning May 26 on Montauk Main Street, where crowds routinely gather between the Point Bar and the Memory Motel.
Pitt, a line producer for CNBC, was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital’s trauma center, where she remained for about 10 days before being discharged. Romero-Flores was pulled over by police a short distance west of the accident; although his attorney, Carl Irace, said on Monday, August 20, that his client had already pulled over when police caught up with him.
One of the felonies charged indicates that Romero-Flores has previously been convicted of leaving the scene of an accident. Due to this prior conviction, the second incident is charged at the felony level. He is also charged with two counts of felony vehicular assault, and two counts of driving while intoxicated as misdemeanors.
The indictment will be officially unsealed in the Central Islip Courtroom of New York Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho on August 23.