New details have surfaced in the March 16th accident in which 21-year-old Amanda Miner was killed on the Williamsburg Bridge in New York City. According to ABC 7, prosecutors say that the driver, 26-year-old Stefan Hoyte, was taking Miner and her boyfriend home and driving 111 miles an hour. His blood alcohol level showed that he was intoxicated.
"In the hands of an intoxicated driver, a vehicle can become a powerful weapon capable of destructive and deadly force," said Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.
Hoyte lost control of the car while going eastbound on the bridge around 3:00am. He hit a divider and Miner was thrown from the car— in such a way that her body was severed. "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," shared Vance, Jr.
Hoyte is being charged with manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated.
According to the NY Daily News, Miner was celebrating her 21st birthday before the accident.
Hoyte’s lawyer Scott Cerbin said: “He’s devastated. It was a horrific accident. You had this confluence of events. It's a terrible bridge and add into that a terrible blizzard and it was a perfect storm.”