Police File Charges Against Driver In Crash That Killed McLean Man
East Hampton police continue to investigate July accident that killed Douglas Schniederman
East Hampton, N.Y. police have filed a charge of driving under the influence of drugs against a New York driver involved in a head-on collision that killed McLean developer Douglas Schniederman last month. But Midgett's arraignment was postponed as the investigation continues.
Brian K. Midgett Jr. was scheduled to appear in East Hampton Town Justice Court on Thursday on a charge related to the head-on collision on Route 114 in East Hampton, which left the vice president of the McLean-based Madison Homes dead last month.
Midgett's attorney Susan Menu says there is currently no evidence against Midgett, 20, of East Hampton, N.Y.
Menu said police issued a desk appearance ticket — similar to a ticket drivers receive for a traffic violation — on the day of the crash for Midgett to appear on a DUI charge.
Menu said her client's blood tests were negative for alcohol. A toxicology report, which takes longer, she said, has not come back yet. His phone records have been subpoenaed, but the records have not been received, yet, she added.
"You can't arraign someone if you can't prove he did anything wrong," Menu said outside of court.
He has not been formally charged with a crime so far; his arraignment was adjourned until Oct. 4.
Menu made the application for the arraignment to be adjourned and the Suffolk County District Attorney's office complied. Robert Clifford, a spokesman for the DA's office, said Wednesday that "the Vehicular Crimes Unit investigation of the accident is not finished."
Police said that Midgett was behind the wheel of a pick-up truck that crossed into the opposite lane on Route 114 on July 29, hitting a Volvo SUV head-on at about 12:45 p.m.
On vacation with his family, Schneiderman, 51, of McLean, VA, was killed on impact.
His wife Elisabeth Schneiderman and 16-year-old daughter Rachel Schneiderman were hospitalized with serious injuries and released four days later.
Schneiderman had helped lead Madison Homes since its founding in 1992. They had a hand in building The Palladium in downtown McLean and The Reserve at Tysons Corner, according to its website. The company was also selected to develop Eleven Oaks in the City of Fairfax.
Route 114 remained closed for seven hours while police investigated the cause of the accident, but Midgett was not brought up on charges in the weeks that followed.
Midgett spent several weeks in Stony Brook University Hospital. He remains in a wheelchair, with two broken legs, and will require skin grafts, Menu said.
"If they were to find something in his system, it would be a pain killer," Menu said. "It's my hope, as his attorney, that this was just a terrible, tragic accident," she said. "He's devastated. His heart goes out to the family of the man who was killed."
Had there been evidence of a driving while intoxicated charge right after the accident, Midgett would have been arraigned in the hospital or in court right away, Menu said.