The founder of the floundering Jennifer Convertibles was arraigned Thursday in Queens Criminal Court for driving drunk and allegedly hitting and killing a man crossing the Whitestone Expressway on April 14.
Harley Greenfield, 65, of Manhattan was charged with operating a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol. The victim was Mohammed Rohman, 45, of Jamaica, who died at the scene.
According to witnesses, Greenfield was driving his 2010 Chevrolet Cobalt southbound on the expressway when he hit Rohman, who was crossing the eight-lane roadway. Another vehicle, an Audi, then ran over him.
Both drivers remained at the scene of the accident. It is believed that Rohman was killed instantly.
Rohman, a husband and father of two children ages 12 and 6, worked as a guard at an MTA bus depot in College Point. He was crossing the roadway to get a meal at a fast food restaurant near Linden Place in Flushing.
Prosecutors indicated that Greenfield refused to take a Breathalyzer test at the scene and allegedly had slurred speech and glassy eyes. He admitted to having one glass of vodka and a glass of wine. The other driver was not held.
Police were able to obtain a warrant later to draw blood and test for alcohol in Greenfield’s body.
Greenfield was one of the founders of the Long Island-based convertible sofa company. The firm has continued to have losses over the last couple of years.
The driver allegedly told authorities he was returning from a dinner on Long Island when the accident occurred.
If found guilty, Greenfield only faces a fine. He was let go on his own recognizance. His next court date is May 11.
Area residents wondered why Rohman didn’t use the Linden Place underpass to get to the other side of the expressway. “It’s a two-minute detour that would have saved his life,” one man said.