The NY Daily News reports that Nassau County investigators are frustrated that bigwigs at a German-based carmaker are giving them a hard time in trying to determine the exact speed of a 2010 BMW 550i GT that caused the crash that claimed the lives of chosson and kallah Yisroel Levin and Elisheva Kaplan.
In April, manslaughter charges were levied against one of the drivers involved in the crash, 35-year-old Rahmel Watkins, who was previously charged with a DWI and was on parole for a felony assault. In the April 4th incident, police said that Watkins was driving dangerously fast and seemed to have been racing another car.
Five cars, with nine total occupants, were involved in the crash at about 1:40 a.m. on Chol Hamoed Pesach on the Nassau Expressway between Burnside Avenue and Peninsula Boulevard.
Watkins’ car crossed the center line on the Nassau Expressway and smashed into the Nissan Altima carrying Yisroel and Elisheva. Watkins pleaded not guilty to all the charges.
Another driver, 25-year-old Zakiyyah Steward, was charged with driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol, DWI and unlawful possession of marijuana.
The Daily News reports that District Attorney Madeline Singas wrote to BMW last month asking for help in accessing a possible data recorder inside the BMG Watkins was driving. “The speed of the BMW is an essential component of the investigation and traditional collision reconstruction methods are hampered by the involvement of multiple vehicles and multiple impacts,” Singas wrote on May 16.
Thus far, according to the report, BMW has been non-cooperative.