Westchester District Attorney Charges White Plains Woman in Head-on Fatal Crash Killing two in Late October

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WPCNR DOCKET . From the Office of the Westchester County District Attorney. January 18, 2017:

Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino, Jr. announced that Michelle Bonet (DOB 07/28/73) of 9 Stonewall Circle, White Plains, New York was arraigned on an indictment today before Judge Anne Minihan and charged with:

  • three counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, class “B” Felonies,
  • two counts of Manslaughter in the Second Degree, class “C” Felonies,
  • one count of Aggravated Driving while Intoxicated Per Se, a Misdemeanor,
  • one count of Driving While Intoxicated, a Misdemeanor,
  • one count of a Driving While Ability Impaired by the combined influence of drugs or of alcohol and any drug or drugs, a Misdemeanor

in the deaths of Henrietta and Carmelo Sbezzi.

On October 28, 2016 at approximately 2:15 p.m., the defendant was driving north by west on West Hartsdale Road in Greenburgh.


Michelle Bonet

While driving her Chrysler minivan, the defendant was observed by witnesses crossing over the double yellow line multiple times. Just prior to the fatal event, the defendant nearly collided head-on with a vehicle being operated by a seventeen year old student coming from Maria Regina High School.

A few moments later, the defendant who was driving over the speed limit, crossed the double yellow line on West Hartsdale Avenue and collided head-on with a Lexus sedan being driven by Carmelo Sbezzi (DOB 09/06/34). In the front passenger’s seat was his wife, Henrietta (DOB 11/23/35).

The force of the impact pushed the victims’ car off the road. The vehicles came to rest with the front of each vehicle nearly touching each other and the defendant’s car almost entirely in the opposite lane of traffic.

Police, EMS and Fire units responded to the scene. The victims had to be extricated from their vehicle. The defendant, who was the sole occupant of her vehicle, was found slumped over unconscious.

The defendant and victims were taken to Westchester Medical Center. Both victims died at the hospital.

Two separate blood samples were drawn from the defendant at the hospital at different times. Testing of those samples revealed a BAC of .29 and .25 respectively. The testing also revealed an amount of Diazepam also referred to as Valium.

The defendant pled not guilty.

Her bail was continued.

She faces a minimum of one to four to a maximum of eight and one-third to twenty-five years in state prison.

Her next court date is January 31, 2017.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney James Bavero of the Superior Court Trial Division.

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