A Richmond Hill man has been charged with vehicular assault and driving while under the influence of alcohol, among other charges, after an accident on Saturday morning in which he hit a motorcycle on Atlantic Avenue, allegedly while driving drunk.
Omesh Moran, 29, of 103-21 135 St. in Richmond Hill was at the wheel of a 2005 Cadillac Escalade SUV shortly after 4 a.m. on the morning of Aug. 18 when the vehicle collided with a motorcycle at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and 124th Street.
In a police statement, Mohan allegedly stated he had stopped at the stop sign while traveling on 124th Street, looked both ways on Atlantic Avenue and proceeded before he hit the motorcycle. The driver of the motorcycle, Naquawn McIntosh, was found semi-unconscious and suffered a neck fracture. He was pinned between the bike and the Escalade. A passenger on the motorcycle, Corey McIntosh, ended up inside the SUV with severe injuries including multiple broken bones and injuries to the brain due to lack of oxygen and is in a medically induced coma.
According to the DA’s office, police allegedly discovered Mohan with bloodshot watery eyes and had the odor of alcohol on his breath. His blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was allegedly .17, well above the legal limit of .05. Mohan allegedly told police that he was at a club before the accident and had only one drink. He supposedly admitted to being the driver of the vehicle.
The insurance on the SUV had expired on Aug. 13.
Mohan was arraigned later that day for first- and second-degree vehicular assault, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs and having no insurance. He was released on $100,000 bail and is to return to court on Sept. 5. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.