An unlicensed drunk driver has been accused of killing a Lyft driver in a recent accident in New York City. Now, however, that driver has jumped bail, and a warrant is out for his arrest.
On June 13, 2021, Erik Chimborazo, 22, allegedly sped through a red light and T-boned Lyft driver Mohammed Hossain. Hossain died in the crash, and his passenger suffered a broken femur. Hossain has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, driving without a license, and DWI.
According to prosecutors, Chimborazo blew double the legal limit for blood alcohol content approximately two hours after the crash happened. This suggests he was significantly more intoxicated than he had claimed to be.
Chimborazo has failed to show up to court twice. Now, his location is unknown. A bench warrant has been issued, which means he has to return to court. If he gets picked up on unrelated charges, officers will immediately learn he needs to return to court.
In January 2020, bail reform laws took effect. Under the new laws, suspects cannot be held before trial for vehicular manslaughter. So even though prosecutors requested Chimborazo be held without bail, Judge Karen Copee set it at $10,000. Chimborazo made bail and was released.
On June 17th, Chimborazo failed to show up in court. A warrant was issued, and he was given 48 hours to show up. It was extended when that deadline passed, and Chimborazo came to court with his lawyer on June 21.
When Chimborazo showed up to court, the District Attorney’s office asked again for the second time that he be held without bail. However, Judge Jerry Iannece continued bail and did not grant the prosecutor’s request to fit Chimborazo with an electronic ankle bracelet.
Chimborazo skipped out on court against and another warrant has been issued by Judge Michael Aloise. Chimborazo’s lawyer has not commented on the matter.
In response to the driver jumping bail and not showing up to court, Hossain’s wife, Kulsuma Jahan, said, “It’s crazy. It just has to stop. Allowing criminals on the street. … He killed someone, someone who had so much to live for. He went to work, and the next second he was gone. Our lives were shattered before our eyes. What is the city going to do about it?”
For more information on the latest rideshare industry news, click here.