A pregnant Staten Island lady had her unborn child ripped out and hurled 40 ft in a drunken-driving crash, officials said Monday — as her fiancé, the driver, uncovered only minutes prior to court that both of those had died.
Suspect Adem Nikeziq, 30, wept uncontrollably through his very first overall look ahead of a decide, after his attorney broke the information that his 7-months-expecting fiancée and unborn daughter have been useless.
“No a single instructed him that his fiancée and infant had passed,” Nikeziq’s lawyer, Mark Fonte, instructed The Submit outside the house court docket. “He uncovered out minutes back, just right before he arrived out [into the courtroom]. When I explained to him, he broke down crying, sobbing. He was at initial fully in disbelief.”
Nikeziq, who was introduced into court in a wheelchair and putting on a clinic robe, is billed with manslaughter, criminally negligent murder, vehicular assault and drunken driving in the fatal crash.
His fiancée, Adriana Sylmetaj, 23 — whose sister is an NYPD cop — was in the passenger seat when the couple’s speeding SUV struck a barrier and a utility pole early Saturday, with the car or truck splitting in half, prosecutors stated in court.
“She was identified at the intersection,” Assistant District Attorney Nicholas Agostino explained to Decide Raja Rajeswari. “Her severed leg was uncovered 20 toes previous her human body. Her unborn baby, ripped from her human body, was discovered 20 ft past her leg.”
In accordance to a prison grievance submitted in the situation, Nikeziq explained to cops at the scene that a further driver slice him off ahead of the deadly collision.
“Not every single horrific incident rises to the degree of criminality,” Fonte reported.
But prosecutors explained Nikeziq was speeding and weaving as a result of site visitors on Hylan Boulevard all around 4:45 a.m. when he shed command of the white 2021 Dodge Challenger and smashed it into a barrier.
Agostino mentioned the crash came after “a night of drinking” for Nikeziq.
Prosecutors stated the circumstance will be presented to a grand jury.
The choose ordered Nikeziq held on $400,000 funds bail or a $700,000 bond.
He is owing back again in Staten Island courtroom Thursday.
The couple’s registry at Purchase Obtain Baby claimed they had been anticipating the start of a infant female April 12 and listed several items, which include a crib and a Disney cell.
Sylmetaj’s family members said she was one of four children, with a sister who is a cop in Brooklyn’s 62nd Precinct.
The family members requested for privacy Monday.
Added reporting by Larry Celona