Today, the Queens driver who crashed his car into the East Village Farm & Grocery Store last summer was indicted on several additional charges, including murder in the second degree.
The accident occurred on June 19 just before 7 a.m., when—according to a press release from the office of Manhattan DA Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.—Shaun Martin allegedly cut across three lanes of traffic and drove his Nissan Altima onto the sidewalk, hitting three employees of the aforementioned grocery store, located on the corner of East 4th Street and 2nd Avenue.
Back in June, Martin was originally charged with DWI, a DWAI [Driving While Ability Impaired] traffic infraction, and possession of the controlled substance PCP.
East Village Farm & Grocery Store owner Mohammed Akkas Ali, 63, died on January 1 as a result of injuries he sustained.
Among the new charges Martin, 33, now faces are one count each of second degree murder and first degree reckless endangerment; two counts each of aggravated vehicular homicide and first degree assault; and four counts of aggravated vehicular assault. PCP and methamphetamine are the impairment-causing drugs cited in the press release.
In December, Martin was released on $500,000 bond. Following Ali’s death, Martin was taken back into custody, with bond set at $1 million.