Drunk driver sentenced for 2020 fatal crash on Belt Parkway in Queens: DA

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Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced that Jason Bical was sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol and fatally crashing into a 63-year-old motorist on the Belt Parkway in 2020.

Bical, 36, of East 73rd Street in Brooklyn, had been charged with aggravated vehicular manslaughter and was found to be under the influence of cocaine, marijuana and alcohol in December of 2020. He was sentenced to five to 15 years in prison on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

“The defendant admitted driving at almost double the speed limit while intoxicated with drugs and alcohol,” Katz said. “He already had two prior Driving While Ability Impaired by Alcohol convictions from Brooklyn and should never have been behind the wheel. Neither his admission nor his sentence will return the life that was lost.”

According to records, at about 12:45 a.m. on Dec. 9, 2020, the defendant was driving a white 2017 Chevrolet Malibu, which was registered to his family business, Bical Chevrolet of Valley Stream.

Bical was driving 92 mph — the speed limit was 50 mph — westbound on the Belt Parkway near 131st Street when he struck the victim, Taher Ali Hassan of Brooklyn.

According to Katz, Bical’s blood alcohol level was .174, twice the legal limit. There were also two plastic bags containing cocaine recovered from the center console of the defendant’s car.

Bical was the service department manager at Bical Auto Mall in Brooklyn at the time of the incident.

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