Westchester Man, 49, Charged In Death Of 19-Year-Old Student

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Mario Garcia-Sura Photo Credit: Westchester County District Attorney

YONKERS, N.Y. -- A 49-year-old Yonkers man faces nine different charges, including felony aggravated vehicular homicide, in the death of 19-year-old Yonkers resident Sreeraj Chandran, according to the Westchester County District Attorney' Office.

On Oct. 20, 2013, Mario Garcia-Sura was operating his 2001 black Ford Mustang convertible along Riverdale Avenue in Yonkers, and he had a front-seat passenger with him, according to a release from the District Attorney's Office.

The two men had met earlier in the day in a local deli and during the course of the afternoon began to drink together and drove around in the defendant’s Mustang visiting neighborhood bodegas drinking beers, according to the release.

About 5:13 p.m., Garcia-Sura drove his Mustang down Riverdale Avenue at a high rate of speed, according to the release, and at the intersection of Riverdale Avenue and Franklin Avenue collided with a 2004 gold Hyundai Sonata operated by Chandran.

The victim was taken to St. Joseph’s Medical Center Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Garcia-Sura’s passenger was taken to Jacobi Medical Center where he was admitted for severe injuries to his lower body.

Garcia-Sura was charged with one count of aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter, one count of criminally negligent homicide, two counts of driving while intoxicated, one count of reckless driving and two counts of speeding, according to the release.

Garcia-Sura faces a maximum of 25 years in state prison.

Bail was set at $250,000 cash or bond. He is set to appear in court again on Feb. 25.

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