The state Senate unanimously passed legislation Monday that would stiffen criminal penalties against unlicensed drivers who kill or seriously injure someone.
The bill, sponsored by Sen. Michael Gianaris (D-Queens), would make it a Class E felony to seriously injure a person while driving with a suspended or revoked license — or a Class D felony for an accident that results in death, which would be categorized as a new crime called “vehicular homicide.”
Currently, unlicensed drivers involved in accidents typically get slapped with misdemeanors.
Gianaris redoubled his efforts to enact a tougher penalty after 13-year-old Kevin Flores was struck and killed while riding his bike in Brooklyn in January.
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