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Brooklyn, NY - Drunken Driver In Road Rage Dragging Death Released On $50K Bail

Published on: November 12, 2017 03:15 PM
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David Cruz at the scene of the deadly alleged road-rage incident. (Robert Mecea/VINnews.com)David Cruz at the scene of the deadly alleged road-rage incident. (Robert Mecea/VINnews.com)

Brooklyn, NY - The van driver who dragged a West Brighton man to death with his vehicle last Thursday night has been released on bail, much to the shock of family members and others.

Police arrested 55 year old David Cruz of Bay Ridge on Friday and charged him in the death of 65 year old Gavriel Mardaknayevy.  He was arraigned on Saturday and released on $50,000 bail, a decision that one law enforcement source called “shocking and irresponsible,” noting that Cruz is a danger to the public and should be considered a flight risk.

As previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2mjya6c ), Mardaknayevy was killed after he got out of his car at a red light to confront the driver of a white panel truck that allegedly hit his car a few minutes earlier in a parking lot.

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When police managed to track Cruz down several hours after the incident, his blood alcohol level measured .109, exceeding the state’s legal limit of .08, reported The New York Post (http://nyp.st/2mj09Tz ).

Cruz’s attorney Michael Farkas said that statements made by witnesses and video of the incident indicate that his client may not have even been aware that he had hit Mardaknayevy.  According to The Daily News (http://nydn.us/2mjQFr7 ), Farkas also laid at least some of the blame on the dead man.

“What we do know is that the victim chased down and confronted my client,” said Farkas. “It created a situation that my client reacted to. It is likely [that] this was  a horrible accident.”

Cruz is a project manager at Eagle Team NYC, a maintenance and electrical company.  His manager, Vadim Tarnovsky said that he  had given Cruz, a veteran, Friday off so that he could take advantage of the holiday weekend.  According to Tarnovsky, Cruz’s vehicle was equipped with a daschcam but it was not recording at the time of the accident.

Cruz was charged with murder in the second degree, drunken driving and reckless endangerment.  He said nothing at his arraignment and his lawyer reported that he is devastated by Mardaknayevy’s death.

Roommate Khalil Jabrane described Cruz as a quiet and respectful person who  was not prone to anger.

“I never saw him get mad about anything,” said Jabrane.



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 Nov 12, 2017 at 03:19 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

So in nyc you can drive while drunk, get into an accident, leave the scene, when confronted KILL an innocent Jew and be released and then claim to be the victim, the judge is a African American woman

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 Nov 12, 2017 at 04:16 PM Anonymous Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

So in nyc you can drive while drunk, get into an accident, leave the scene, when confronted KILL an innocent Jew and be released and then claim to be the victim, the judge is a African American woman

Very well said !!!!!

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 Nov 12, 2017 at 06:22 PM yaakov doe Says:

Bail is not punishment but a way to let the accused post a bond to assure they return for trial. Unless there is a flight risk an accused is entitles to a reasonable bail no matter what we think of the crime.

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 Nov 12, 2017 at 06:36 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

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yaakov doe Says:

Bail is not punishment but a way to let the accused post a bond to assure they return for trial. Unless there is a flight risk an accused is entitles to a reasonable bail no matter what we think of the crime.

Don't recall getting bail for a non violent crime but here the perp is Latino so bail it is, the judge is a political.hack who got through college and into law school due to affirmative action totally unqualified.

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 Nov 12, 2017 at 08:28 PM Aron1 Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Don't recall getting bail for a non violent crime but here the perp is Latino so bail it is, the judge is a political.hack who got through college and into law school due to affirmative action totally unqualified.

So you think you found the root of this judge's poor decision.
Now maybe you can get to work to find the root of your racist lack of intelligence.

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 Nov 12, 2017 at 10:01 PM yaakov doe Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Don't recall getting bail for a non violent crime but here the perp is Latino so bail it is, the judge is a political.hack who got through college and into law school due to affirmative action totally unqualified.

The Judge graduated St. Johns Law school. Do you have a similar education or are you one of those uneducated whom Trump loves?

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 12:13 AM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

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Aron1 Says:

So you think you found the root of this judge's poor decision.
Now maybe you can get to work to find the root of your racist lack of intelligence.

Relax just stating facts, I for one have no racist bones in my body. Why do liberals like yourself hate facts and believe fake news propaganda? Acc. To you there is no difference between Austria and Haiti since both with solar populations should be equal from an intelligence standpoint.

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 11:39 AM Aron1 Says:

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triumphinwhitehouse Says:

Relax just stating facts, I for one have no racist bones in my body. Why do liberals like yourself hate facts and believe fake news propaganda? Acc. To you there is no difference between Austria and Haiti since both with solar populations should be equal from an intelligence standpoint.

"I for one have no racist bones in my body"
It's 11+ hours since you posted that line and I still haven't stopped laughing.
Thank you!

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 12:13 PM Anonymous Says:

Diblasio = Dinkins 2.0

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 Nov 13, 2017 at 01:47 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

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yaakov doe Says:

The Judge graduated St. Johns Law school. Do you have a similar education or are you one of those uneducated whom Trump loves?

you are jumping to conclusions which is the essence of racism by WRONGLY assuming that all Trump voters are uneducated. YOU are the racist.

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