A Brooklyn man has been sentenced to three-to-nine years in prison for killing one of his passengers during a car crash he caused while fleeing from police, District Attorney Eric Gonzalez announced this week.
20-year-old Ackeem Chambers, a Bath Beach resident, received the jail sentence at Brooklyn Supreme Court after pleading guilty to second-degree manslaughter on Sept 9, 2023.
According to the Brooklyn district attorney, the incident involving Chambers occurred back on Feb. 6, 2022, at around 2:08 a.m.
During that day, Chambers — who was carrying three passengers at the time — was reportedly driving erratically on Eastern Parkway with a vehicle that had excessively tinted windows and a temporary Texas license plate.
According to the investigation, NYPD officers attempted to pull over Chambers, which led to him accelerating and driving through a red light at the intersection of Eastern Parkway and Rogers Avenue.
While attempting the law enforcement-evading maneuver, Chambers reportedly collided with another vehicle, causing his car to spin out of control and crash into a streetlight.
Following the collision, one of the vehicle’s passengers, 18-year-old Jada Rollins, was taken to Kings County Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
The two other passengers in the car were also both taken to hospital to treat their injuries, with one of them suffering severe head trauma, according to District Attorney Gonzalez.
Investigators later determined that Chambers made no attempt to hit the brakes before the crash transpired.
“This defendant’s recklessness behind the wheel and complete disregard for public safety cost an innocent young woman her life and seriously injured several others,” said District Attorney Gonzalez. “He has now been held accountable and my office will continue to prosecute crimes involving vehicular violence to ensure the safety of Brooklyn’s streets.”