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Long Island, NY - Arrested On Drug And Alcohol Charges, Driver Blames Engaged Jewish Couple In Deadly Lawrence Crash

Published on: April 5, 2018 12:58 PM
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Long Island, NY - The father of one of the two people arrested in yesterday’s devastating crash on the Nassau Expressway that took the lives of an engaged couple is pointing the finger of blame at the driver of the car that the choson and kallah were in at the time of the fatal collision.

25 year old Zakiyyah Steward of Bedford Stuyvesant in Brooklyn, was arrested by the Nassau County Police Department. At her arraignment today in Hempstead her father said that she was not at fault in the accident that claimed the lives of 21 year old Yisroel Levin of Flatbush and 20 year old Elisheva Kaplan of Far Rockaway as previously reported on VIN News (http://bit.ly/2qbD2Jc).

ABC News (https://7ny.tv/2q9IHj0) reported that Steward told her father that Levin’s car hit hers, causing a chain reaction that had her hitting another vehicle before going over a guardrail. 

According to Steward’s father, all five survivors of the accident independently told police that victims’ car was the one that “initiated the accident.”

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“I feel for their families,” said Steward’s father.  “My condolences go out to them but my daughter did not initiate that accident. “They looking for a scapegoat,” said Steward’s father.  “The people that got killed, from what I heard, was the ones that initiated that accident.  My car was totaled.  And if my daughter didn’t take drastic action to move out of the way she would have been caught in that.”

Police said that both drugs and alcohol were factors in the devastating crash, charging Steward with driving while ability impaired by the combined influence of drug/alcohol and any drugs/drugs, driving while impaired by drugs, DWI and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Steward, a former UPS driver with a prior conviction, was due to be sentenced in court on Friday on a burglary conviction according to NBC News (http://bit.ly/2q8BzDO).  She pleaded not guilty today at her arraignment and was being held on $25,000 bail.

Also arrested was 35 year old Rahmel Watkins of Bedford Stuyvestant.  He was charged with DWI and will be arraigned after he is released after the hospital.

Nassau County police are continuing their investigation and further charges could be pending against Steward and Watkins.

Police escort Zakiyyah StewardPolice escort Zakiyyah Steward


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 Apr 05, 2018 at 01:17 PM triumphinwhitehouse Says:

so in the eyes of these I presume Obama voters, the Jews are responsible and are the perps even when they weren't drunk, weren't high, weren't drag racing? Just like Hillary lost bec. she is a woman.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 01:32 PM sissel613 Says:

I was wondering how long that was going to take to blame this young engaged couple. Such an unbelievable tragedy

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 02:10 PM Liepa Says:

Talk, especially from Stewart, is cheap.
Let's wait for the investigation to be completed.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 02:30 PM qazxc Says:

Good idea.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 02:36 PM fat36 Says:

The stEwart family going to start a riot

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 02:47 PM mythoughts Says:

What a shtick derek both father and daughter!!!

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 02:37 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #1  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

so in the eyes of these I presume Obama voters, the Jews are responsible and are the perps even when they weren't drunk, weren't high, weren't drag racing? Just like Hillary lost bec. she is a woman.

The last few days were better with you being quiet. This has nothing to do with Trump, Obama, Hillary losing or winning, homosexuality and Zionism. Get back on whatever you were taking the last few days.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 02:48 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

so in the eyes of these I presume Obama voters, the Jews are responsible and are the perps even when they weren't drunk, weren't high, weren't drag racing? Just like Hillary lost bec. she is a woman.

"I presume Obama voters" and I know they are all Trump voters.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 03:05 PM yaakov doe Says:

Reply to #1  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

so in the eyes of these I presume Obama voters, the Jews are responsible and are the perps even when they weren't drunk, weren't high, weren't drag racing? Just like Hillary lost bec. she is a woman.

Typical comment from an ignorant Trump supporter. We know nothing about the political views of those arrested. For all we know they may be card carrying NRA members who voted for Trump. Not everyone in Bed Stuy voted for Obama and many didn't vote.
Anyway we don't know exactly what happened to cause this tragic accident and should at least wait for a police report and trial before jumping to conclusions.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 03:26 PM rebbeice Says:

Arrest Stewart for False Statements.
Where is rev Al ?

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 03:34 PM Anonymous Says:

anti semites and racists, especialy black ones, always find a way to blame the jews.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 03:33 PM Anonymous Says:

so let us analyze her trustworthiness. She was high on drugs and alcohol at the time of the accident, was convicted of burglary as well (a stellar citizen all around) and her father expects us to believe HER word that the victims initiated the accident and she was therefore forced to cause the rest of the problem...uh huh. May she succumb to her injuries and burn in hell.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 05:24 PM ChareidiMan Says:

First of all the racism spewed by the commenters here is unbelievable show some class and act like from eating what's wrong with you guys.

Second of all it's very unlikely that that's the case but it is possible. Why don't we wait till the investigation is over and let's hear what they find they are not the only one saying this, there are other people in other cars who say that the frum couple started the accident. It would be terrible but if that's the case that's the case and it doesn't minimize the severity of this tragedy.

Have some class guys.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 05:31 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
yamsar Says:

The last few days were better with you being quiet. This has nothing to do with Trump, Obama, Hillary losing or winning, homosexuality and Zionism. Get back on whatever you were taking the last few days.

Yet you and all your screen names seem to tie every news article to Trump.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 05:30 PM If I was a betting person Says:

I would bet the ranch they are Hillary /Obama supporters.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 06:14 PM yamsar Says:

Reply to #9  
yaakov doe Says:

Typical comment from an ignorant Trump supporter. We know nothing about the political views of those arrested. For all we know they may be card carrying NRA members who voted for Trump. Not everyone in Bed Stuy voted for Obama and many didn't vote.
Anyway we don't know exactly what happened to cause this tragic accident and should at least wait for a police report and trial before jumping to conclusions.

But he Does know. The voices in his head is his source for all kinds of information. Follow this guys comments. You couldn’t make this up.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 06:32 PM Dr_Obvious Says:

Reply to #1  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

so in the eyes of these I presume Obama voters, the Jews are responsible and are the perps even when they weren't drunk, weren't high, weren't drag racing? Just like Hillary lost bec. she is a woman.

They said the driver is responsible, not the couple a"h. Had you read further than the inaccurate headline, you'd know that.

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 Apr 05, 2018 at 06:48 PM ChareidiMan Says:

First of all the racism spewed by the commenters here is unbelievable show some class and act like from eating what's wrong with you guys.

Second of all it's very unlikely that that's the case but it is possible. Why don't we wait till the investigation is over and let's hear what they find they are not the only one saying this, there are other people in other cars who say that the frum couple started the accident. It would be terrible but if that's the case that's the case and it doesn't minimize the severity of this tragedy.

Have some class guys.

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 Apr 08, 2018 at 04:09 PM Realistic Says:

Reply to #1  
triumphinwhitehouse Says:

so in the eyes of these I presume Obama voters, the Jews are responsible and are the perps even when they weren't drunk, weren't high, weren't drag racing? Just like Hillary lost bec. she is a woman.

Where does Obama voters come into this picture? I'm assuming that she didn't vote, since most blacks don't vote.

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 Apr 08, 2018 at 04:12 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
mythoughts Says:

What a shtick derek both father and daughter!!!

How do you know the facts? Did anyone say that they didn't.

If you don't know, just shut up.

Yes. driving under the influence is a crime by itself, but if they hadn't contributed to the accident than it's not manslauther.

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 Apr 15, 2018 at 04:19 PM LuvmeAlso Says:

Reply to #10  
rebbeice Says:

Arrest Stewart for False Statements.
Where is rev Al ?

Why don't y'all shut up.because none if y'all was there to actually see what happened that morning.. And steward is actually a good friend of mine and I know her personally and I know she would never kill anyone purposely. I don't even believe she was drunk at the time...she may have had a lil rough patches in her life but shes a really sweet, loving person. And would never intentionally hurt people..so let the law do what the law does best. Investigate the case a find out what really happened. Because what was a 21 year old couple even doing out in the high way at 1am..smh I believe my friend steward and I think she needs to come home!!

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