DA SINI: MAN INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY LEAVING SCENE OF MOTOR VEHICLE CRASH THAT CRITICALLY INJURED TODDLER, INJURED FOUR OTHERS
(CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the unsealing of a 15-count indictment against a man for allegedly leaving the scene of a motor vehicle crash in Mastic Beach that critically injured a toddler and caused physical injury to four other individuals.
“After causing a car crash that injured his own three passengers, one of whom is only 18 months old, and two people in another car, this defendant showed absolutely no remorse,” District Attorney Sini said. “He walked away from the destruction, lied to police about his involvement and ultimately fled the state to avoid taking responsibility for his careless actions.”
Ronald Hubbard, 45, of North Amityville, is charged with four counts of Assault in the Second Degree, a D felony; Making an Apparently Sworn False Statement in the First Degree, an E felony; Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree, an E felony; Leaving the Scene of an Accident Resulting in Death or Serious Physical Injury, an E felony; Assault in the Third Degree, an A misdemeanor; Reckless Endangerment in the Second Degree, an A misdemeanor; Criminal Impersonation in the Second Degree, an A misdemeanor; Endangering the Welfare of a Child, an A misdemeanor; False Personation, a B misdemeanor; Reckless Driving, an unclassified misdemeanor; Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree, an unclassified misdemeanor; and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Third Degree, an unclassified misdemeanor.
On March 20, 2019, Hubbard was driving a 2006 Nissan Altima westbound on Neighborhood Road in Mastic Beach when a Suffolk County Police officer, who was traveling eastbound, observed that the vehicle did not have a front license plate. The officer began to turn around to initiate a traffic stop when Hubbard allegedly fled onto Oakwood Drive before turning southbound on Flower Road.
Hubbard allegedly drove at a high rate of speed through the stop sign at the intersection of Flower Road and Neighborhood Road and struck a 2017 Toyota Rav 4, causing the Toyota to overturn.
All three passengers in the Nissan, Sabine Auguste, 34, of Ridge, Jamel Hubbard, 33, of Wyandanch, and an 18-month-old boy, were seriously injured in the crash. The boy remains in critical condition.
The passengers in the Toyota, Maryann Valentin, 59, and James Mayo, 56, both of Shirley, were also injured in the crash.
Hubbard exited the vehicle following the crash. He allegedly told responding police officers that he was a bystander who was uninvolved in the crash and provided a statement to police using the name “David Williams.”
Following an investigation by the Suffolk County Police Department’s Major Case Unit and the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office, Hubbard was identified as the driver of the Nissan.
Hubbard was apprehended on March 26 in Redding, Pennsylvania, on open warrants for his arrest. He was transported back to Suffolk County on April 10.
Hubbard was arraigned on the indictment today by Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho. Bail was set at $500,000 cash or $1 million bond. He is due back in court on May 29.
If convicted of the top count, Hubbard faces a maximum sentence of up to seven years in prison.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Maggie Bopp, of the Vehicular Crime Bureau.
A criminal charge is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.