Lying Queens man indicted in May wreck that killed motorcyclist after girlfriend made phony claim that she was driving - and took the rap
It was a case of he said, she said — and both were liars.
Brooklyn prosecutors went to the videotape to prove a Queens woman who confessed to drunken driving in a ghastly 80 mph wreck that killed a young motorcyclist was actually telling a bogus tale to cover for her boozed-up boyfriend.
Christopher Diaz, 24, now stands charged with manslaughter in the May 27 death of expectant father Alexander Evvon, who was struck by the 2014 Infiniti Q-50 while making a turn on Ocean Parkway at 3:55 a.m. Diaz backed the girlfriend’s phony claim to save his own skin, and urged two other passengers in the car to lie along with him, authorities said Tuesday.
The bike was literally torn in half by the force of the collision in a 25-mph zone, and 28-year-old tattoo artist Evvon was catapulted across Coney Island Ave. — his body finally landing between two parked cars on the adjoining service road.
Diaz’s girlfriend Jasmin Morales-Cruz no longer faces charges in the fatality after telling police she was a designated driver and had just a single drink before the fatal wreck, adding that Diaz wasn’t behind the wheel because he had knocked back multiple drinks. She is instead now accused of conspiracy, obstruction of governmental administration and hindering prosecution.
“A thorough and comprehensive investigation by my office showed that these defendants allegedly lied to police in order to help the driver of this vehicle to escape justice,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.
The dead man’s sister LaToya Alexander was outraged the woman’s bogus claim kept police from getting Diaz’s blood alcohol level immediately after the crash.
“Her lying still hindered the investigation,” the angry Alexander told the Daily News. “I am really p---ed off by this. I will make sure that somebody pays for this. My brother is dead.”
Diaz, due back in court Sept. 23, was held on $400,000 bond or $200,000 cash bail. He faces 5-to-15 years in prison if convicted on the top count.
Morales-Cruz actually tested legally drunk with a blood alcohol level of .11, authorities said. But skeptical investigators went back to verify her story, with their lengthy investigation turning up surveillance video capturing the couple and two other passengers drinking in three different bars before Evvon’s death, said Gonzalez.
One of the videotapes caught Diaz climbing into the driver’s seat shortly before the deadly crash, and investigators also uncovered text messages asking the two passengers to lie about who was behind the wheel, authorities alleged. Both later identified Diaz as the driver at the time of the deadly crash.
Diaz hit the gas pedal in the seconds before impact, with the car traveling at 83 mph before slamming into the biker, authorities said. Though his blood was never tested for alcohol, he admitted drinking six to eight beers before the crash, they added.
He was additionally charged with vehicular manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, criminally negligent homicide, conspiracy and obstruction of governmental administration.