A jury has convicted Danny Lin, 25, of manslaughter for fatally running over a 57-year-old man while speeding on the Lower East Side in November of 2014.
In an unusual move, last year Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance indicted Lin on one count of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, after Lin struck and killed Robert Perry, who was crossing the Bowery near Delancey Street on the evening of November 14th, 2014. Lin was driving 30 miles per hour over the speed limit at the time, and police testified that he attempted to flee the scene after striking Perry—he drove on the sidewalk and crashed into a fire hydrant before he was apprehended.
A New York State Supreme Court jury found Lin guilty today. He will be sentenced on September 27th. Vance said in a statement:
This case serves as an unfortunate reminder of the risks associated with reckless driving and speeding,” said District Attorney Vance. “Danny Lin was fully aware of those risks as he hurtled down the Bowery at more than double the speed limit and took an innocent man’s life. He endangered the lives of pedestrians and drivers alike as he continued barreling down the street—with no regard for our laws or the safety of his fellow New Yorkers—before eventually crashing into a hydrant on a congested sidewalk, narrowly missing several bystanders. Because of the defendant’s recklessness and disregard for human life, my Office has fought to hold him accountable and will seek significant penalties for his criminal conduct.
Perry used to frequent the Bowery Mission when he was alive. Workers described him as "a good guy" who loved jazz.