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Travis Dickson

Travis Dickson Was Driving 119 mph With a Revoked License and While Impaired by Alcohol and Marijuana

Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced on Feb. 9 that Travis Dickson, 32, of Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to driving his vehicle at an extremely high rate of speed on the Long Island Expressway and crashing into the back of another vehicle, killing a 9-year-old boy.

“This defendant’s dangerous actions caused the unthinkable death of a nine-year-old child in a booster seat and serious injuries to his father,” said District Attorney Tierney. “No family deserves to go through the heartache of losing a family member, let alone a child, to a drunk or drug- impaired driver. We hope that today’s guilty plea brings some measure of closure to the victim’s family.”

According to court documents and the defendant’s admissions during his guilty plea allocution, on August 22, 2022, at approximately 1:49 a.m., Dickson drove a 2018 BMW 540i westbound on the Long Island Expressway at 119 mph, while he was impaired by a combination of alcohol and marijuana. Dickson then struck the back of a 2019 Toyota Corolla, making no attempt to use the vehicle’s brakes prior to the impact.

Inside the Toyota was a 9-year-old child restrained in a booster seat, and his father, the driver. The child was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital where he was listed in critical condition due to the injuries sustained from the crash. The victim’s father was also taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. On August 24, 2022, doctors declared the child braindead, and he was ultimately removed from life support after arrangements were made to donate his organs.

Following the crash, Dickson exhibited signs of intoxication, made admissions to smoking marijuana, and law enforcement found marijuana on his person. A sample of Dickson’s blood drawn approximately three hours after the crash revealed a blood alcohol concentration of .14% and the presence of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in marijuana. Law enforcement also determined that Dickson’s New York State driver’s license was revoked at the time he was driving the BMW.

On February 9, 2024, Dickson pleaded guilty before Acting Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Richard Horowitz, to the charges of:

  •   Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a Class C felony;
  •   Vehicular Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a Class D felony;
  •   Assault in the Second Degree, a Class D felony;
  •   Assault in the Third Degree, a Class A misdemeanor;
  •   Driving While Intoxicated and Driving While Impaired by the Combined Influence ofAlcohol and a Drug, an unclassified misdemeanor;
  •   Reckless Driving, an unclassified misdemeanor; and
  •   Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, an unclassifiedmisdemeanor.

    Dickson faces a sentence of four and a half to 13 and a half years in prison. He is due back in court for sentencing on April 5, 2024 and is being represented by Douglas Rankin, Esq.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys James Curtin and James Scahill of the Vehicular Crime Bureau with investigative assistance from Detective Juan Borbon of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Sixth Squad.

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Jesus Bonilla

Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond A. Tierney announced on Feb. 8 that Jesus Bonilla, 21, of Commack, pleaded guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree and Reckless Driving, for his role in a street racing crash that killed James Beck, 57, of Huntington Station.

“James Beck’s death was completely avoidable and occurred because this defendant recklessly engaged in street racing with another driver,” said District Attorney Tierney. “Suffolk County’s roadways are not racetracks. Anyone caught driving recklessly and jeopardizing the lives of other motorists or pedestrians will be held accountable.”

According to court documents and the defendant’s admissions during his guilty plea allocution, on November 19, 2022, at approximately 8:45 p.m., Bonilla was operating a 2009 Honda sedan westbound on Jericho Turnpike when he began racing a Saab SUV allegedly operated by co- defendant Jared Cooper. Witnesses observed the Honda and Saab vehicles driving side by side at high rates of speed, running red lights, and crossing into oncoming traffic. The victim, James Beck, was struck by Bonilla’s vehicle while he was walking across Jericho Turnpike at the intersection of Totten Avenue in Huntington Station. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Crash reconstruction determined that Bonilla was driving 79 mph in a 40-mph zone at the time he struck the victim.

On February 8, 2024, Jesus Bonilla pleaded guilty to Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a Class C felony, and Reckless Driving, a Class A misdemeanor, before Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Richard Ambro.

Bonilla is due back in court for sentencing on April 4, 2024, and faces up to two to six years in prison. He is being represented by Michael Franzese, Esq.

Cooper’s case is still pending, and he is being represented by Jonathan Manley, Esq.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney James Curtin of the Vehicular Crime Bureau with investigative assistance from Detective Anthony Iadevaio of the Suffolk County Police Department’s Second Squad.