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No bail for driver in double-fatal crash

February 15, 2009 4:53:00 PM PST
Prosecutors say a driver accused of killing a livery cab driver and his wife in a Staten Island traffic crash told authorities the victims ought to have buckled up. Driver Theodore Ricks is being held without bail after his arraignment Sunday on charges including manslaughter and leaving the scene of Saturday's collision. It killed cab driver Mohamed Elnahal and his wife, Mervat Ibrahim. A passenger was critically hurt.

Assistant District Attorney Guy Tardanico says the 24-year-old Ricks told authorities the victims "should have been wearing seatbelts."

Ricks' lawyer says his client is traumatized and didn't try to run from the accident scene. A brother, Nickie Ricks, calls the crash "a tragic accident."


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