WHITE PLAIN, N.Y. – Nerim Sinanovic, the driver of the BMW that went airborne on the Taconic State Parkway in August 2015 and killed four people, including his 2-year-old daughter, has pleaded guilty to four counts of criminally negligent homicide and faces up to four years in prison.
On Friday, the district attorney's office announced that the 35-year-old Bronx man plead guilty to four counts of criminally negligent homicide, E felonies; one count of reckless driving, a misdemeanor; and speeding, a traffic violation. Sinanovic will be sentenced on Jan. 24, 2018, and faces a maximum sentence of one-and-a-third to four years in state prison.
Sinanovic told New York State Police that he was driving his SUV northbound on the parkway just north of Baldwin Road in Yorktown around 2:50 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, when he “took his hands off the steering wheel, turned towards the back seat and steered with his knees,” causing the car to veer right, according to the district attorney’s office. His wife, sitting in the passenger seat, reportedly then grabbed the wheel, causing the car to veer left and continue up and over the median.
In what was described by first responders as a “horrific scene,” Sinanovic’s BMW went airborne and struck two southbound vehicles—a 2001 Toyota and a 2015 Ford, according to police. Another vehicle involved in the accident, a 2003 Acura, sideswiped the Toyota and came to rest after striking the center rail.
All three family members traveling in the Toyota were fatally injured in the crash. Ledell Mulvaney, 61, and her daughter Katherine Mulvaney, 31, died within hours and Donald Mulvaney, 63, a month later at Westchester Medical Center.
Surviving family member Devan Mulvaney, is suing the town of Yorktown and Westchester County, claiming that the lack of a robust barrier between the northbound and southbound highways contributed to the accident.
Sinanovic’s daughters, 2 and 1, were both in child seats but were ejected from the vehicle. The 2-year-old, Leona, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The occupants of the Ford and Acura sustained non-life threatening injuries.