A Freeport man pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide and other related charges for driving drunk and killing a 24-year-old woman as she crossed the street in March.
On March 1, at approximately 7:02 p.m., the victim, 24-year-old Mia Pollidore, was walking westbound across Babylon Turnpike just south of the intersection of Babylon Turnpike and Carroll Street. Tyshaun Johashen, driving a 2018 Nissan Sentra, was highly intoxicated while driving southbound on Babylon Turnpike when he struck the victim as she crossed the street. The victim suffered trauma to her head and legs and was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:11 p.m.
Johashen was arrested at the scene by members of the Nassau County and Freeport Police Departments, and it was later determined that he was driving at least 60 miles per hour at the time of impact. (The posted speed limit in the area is 30 miles per hour.) His blood alcohol content, taken more than three hours after the crash, was a .24. At the time of the crash, Johashen’s driver’s license was suspended pursuant to a DWI prosecution in Queens. That case is pending.
Tyshaun Johashen, 32, pleaded guilty on August 28 before Judge Robert Bogle to charges of aggravated vehicular DWI (an unclassified misdemeanor).
The defendant is due back for sentencing on October 13. The Nassau County District Attorney’s Office is recommending a sentence of seven to 21 years in prison.
“Mia Pollidore was simply crossing the street at 7:00 p.m. on her way to a deli when this defendant, speeding and at least three times the legal limit for alcohol, smashed his car into the 24-year-old woman,” Nassau County District Attorney Anne Donnelly said. “At the time of the crash, Tyshaun Johashen’s license was suspended due to a pending DWI charge in Queens. Mia Pollidore had her entire life in front of her. We continue to express our condolences to the Pollidore family.”