Brooklyn DA Ken Thompson: Protect Brooklyn and Win Justice for Victoria Nicodemus
On December 6, 2015, Victoria Nicodemus, just thirty years-old, was killed while walking on a Brooklyn sidewalk. The driver of a large SUV, operating the vehicle with a suspended license, veered off from the street and onto the sidewalk, striking three pedestrians and killing Victoria. After striking his victims, the reckless and out-of-control driver traveled 70 feet before coming to a stop. Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson's office has charged the man who killed Victoria with just a misdemeanor charge of unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle. He faces a maximum $500 fine/30 days in jail. Our family has not been at all satisfied with the Brooklyn District Attorney's lack of commitment to finding justice for Victoria. The office has yet to perform the procedures necessary to conduct a complete investigation in order to determine the appropriate charges. It is the very definition of recklessness to drive up on the sidewalk on a clear, dry day in Fort Greene. This reckless behavior requires, at a minimum, a grand jury investigation. Victoria was our daughter and our sister. She was a dear friend to many and a devoted and doting godmother who had hoped to start a family of her own one day. She was a talented and passionate advocate of the arts who was enjoying both career success and personal happiness just as her life was taken. While her family grieves this senseless loss, her killer not only walks free but is back behind the wheel where he can do the same thing to someone else. District Attorney Thompson, an innocent life was taken by a reckless, out-of-control and unlicensed driver and a 'slap on the wrist' misdemeanor charge is unacceptable. Victoria's family and friends demand a full, Grand Jury investigation and no stone be left unturned or investigative procedure skipped. Mr. Thompson, take a stand against vehicular violence and protect the people of Brooklyn. It is within your power to help safeguard pedestrians and win justice for our daughter, sister and friend. SIGN THIS PETITION. Tell Ken Thompson that a full investigation and vigorous prosecution of Victoria's killer is his responsibility and that his not doing so only puts the safety of the public in greater jeopardy.
Don't let deadly drivers off the hook - Co-sponsor Bill A03536A
Don't let deadly drivers off the hook - Co-sponsor Bill A03536A In New York State, a person can drive with no drivers license and kill or seriously injure others and will face nothing more than a misdemeanor traffic violation. (Read more about this lack of justice) Update: Thank you J. Gary Pretlow for signing on as a co-sponsor. This little-known fact became known to my family on December 6, 2015 when my sister, Victoria Nicodemus, was killed while holiday shopping and walking hand-in-hand with her boyfriend on a Brooklyn sidewalk. She and two others were struck by a 6,000lb. SUV and, in an instant, Victoria was gone. Witness accounts have him speeding and driving recklessly before he swerved onto the sidewalk to avoid running into an already stopped MTA bus in a bus stop. Her killer was driving with a suspended license. He also has a history of being cited for driving on that suspended license as well as other dangerous driving infractions including speeding through school zones three times in November alone. Victoria's death was NOT an accident. She was killed by a man who made a decision to drive a full-size SUV without driving privileges. A man who is a danger to anyone in his vicinity. In the days following Victoria's death, we saw him charged with only a traffic misdemeanor that carries a maximum $500 fine and 30 days in jail, confinement that is rarely meted out. Victoria died, her killer walked away a free man with no bail. To add insult to injury, he recently had his driving privileges restored. Yes, he is free to drive again. NYS Assembly Members, your constituents are being maimed and killed by people without a drivers license and a history of dangerous driving who make a conscious decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle. These drivers almost always get off with less than a slap on the wrist. Last year, the State Senate passed this legislation by a 61-1 vote. Assembly Bill A03536A sponsored by Assembly Member Markey makes it a class E felony when an unlicensed/suspended driver seriously injures or kills another. It carries a sentence that is much more appropriate than a $500 fine. Support and co-sponsor Bill A03536A. Give prosecutors better tools to combat this epidemic, protect your constituents and hold unlicensed drivers accountable for their decisions that carry deadly consequences. Thank you!