Massapequa Woman Sentenced To Prison For Striking Elderly Pedestrians While Intoxicated

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Acting Nassau County District Attorney Joyce Smith announced that a Massapequa woman was sentenced to up to seven and a half years in prison for striking and seriously injuring two elderly pedestrians while driving intoxicated at nearly three times the legal limit.

Joanne Dooher, 51, of Massapequa, pleaded guilty before Judge Robert Schwartz on July 20, to the top count charged of aggravated vehicular assault; assault in the second degree, assault in the third degree, and aggravated driving while intoxicated. Dooher was sentenced to three to seven and a half years in prison. NCDA recommended a sentence of five to nine years in prison.

Smith said on July 31, 2020, at approximately 6:30 p.m., the defendant was driving while highly intoxicated, with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .22, when she crashed into two elderly pedestrians as they were crossing Merrick Road in Massapequa. A 93-year-old man suffered physical injuries and an 86-year-old female victim suffered serious injuries, including a broken pelvis.

-Submitted by the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office

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