Opening statements began Tuesday in the trial of one of the drivers in a chain-reaction crash that killed Yisrael Levin and Elisheva Kaplan in Nassau.
The prosecutor says traffic camera video shows 35-year-old Rahmel Watkins driving recklessly on a wet, foggy road as he tries to pass his friend, Zakiyyah Stewart, while driving nearly 100 mph. He says the car lost control, crossed into oncoming traffic and into the couple’s car, killing them.
Watkins faces multiple manslaughter and other felony charges for the deaths of 20-year-old Yisroel Levin and 21-year-old Elisheva Kaplan.
Stewart was arrested and charged with DWI and being the under the influence of drugs. She pleaded guilty in February.
The DA’s office has advised that it is very important that there be a good showing of family and friends of Elisheva and Yisrael in the courtroom throughout the trial. The trial is expected to last for at least two weeks. The trial is being held at Mineola Court House, 262 Old Country Roud, Mineola, New York. The courtroom is on the the first floor on the left. Justice Francis Ricigliano is presiding.
Here is a link to a Google Calendar so people who can attend any point of the trial can register and coordinate so that there is a good showing every day. Morning sessions generally start at 9:30 A.M and run until about 12:30 P.M. Afternoon sessions start at about 2:00 P.M and go until about 4:30 P.M. Friday sessions are Friday only.