A guilty plea has been entered by a driver accused of killing three members of family of musicians with roots in Greenwich through his negligence behind the wheel.
Nerim Sinanovic, 35, of the Bronx, was driving a BMW SUV at the time of the afternoon crash in northern Westchester in August of 2015 that took the lives of Ledell Mulvaney, 61, a music teacher in the Greenwich School District from 1989 to 2008, and her daughter, Katherine Mulvaney, 31. Donald Mulvaney, 63, the husband of Ledell, died from his injuries a month later.
Sinanovic’s 2-year-old daughter also died.
Days before a trial was set to commence in White Plains, N.Y., Sinanovic pleaded guilty, according to the Westchester County District Attorney’s office.
He was charged with four counts of criminally negligent homicide, as well as reckless driving, a misdemeanor.
According to the D.A.’s press statement, “The defendant told New York State Police that while driving northbound on the Taconic State Parkway he took his hands off the steering wheel, turned towards the back seat and steered with his knees. This caused the vehicle to veer to the right. The defendant’s wife then grabbed the wheel and the vehicle veered left and continued up and over the dividing center median between the north and southbound lanes.”
Sinanovic had Xanax in his system, according to authorities, at levels that were higher than the “therapeutic” limit. The drug is an anti-anxiety medication.
Sinanovic will be sentenced on Jan. 24, 2018. The defendant faces a maximum of one-and-a-third to four years in state prison, and he is currently free on bail.
The Mulvaneys were living in Brooklyn at the time of the crash.