YONKERS, N.Y. – A Yonkers man accused of killing a Gorton High School student while driving drunk was arraigned Wednesday on charges of vehicular manslaughter.
Waverly Patrick, 53, of 2 Hudson St., was charged with one count of first-degree vehicular manslaughter, two counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter and one count of leaving the scene of an accident, all felonies.
In addition, Patrick also was charged with two counts of driving while intoxicated and one count of aggravated driving while intoxicated, all misdemeanors.
Prosecutors say Patrick was driving west on Valentine Lane around 9:28 p.m. June 22 when his Jeep Cherokee struck 16-year-old Keyairra Price, who was waiting to cross the street with a 15-year-old friend on their way to a store.
The impact threw Price to the sidewalk while Patrick continued driving toward Riverdale Avenue. Price was taken to Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx, where she later died.
Following the accident, Yonkers police began a search for the vehicle and located it several hours later in a parking lot outside Patrick’s apartment building. Patrick was taken into custody, where he was questioned.
Prosecutors say Patrick’s blood alcohol level was later found to be in excess of .18, more than twice the legal limit of .08.
He was arrested and remains held without bail in Westchester County Jail. Patrick is due back in White Plains State Supreme Court on Dec. 19. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison.
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