On Monday, June 26, Freeport resident Tyshaun Johashen, 32, was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide for the alleged assault and death of a young woman in March 2023, the Nassau County District Attorney announced.

He pleaded not guilty.

The incident occurred on March 1, 2023 in Freeport.

Mia Pollidore, 24, was walking west across the Babylon Turnpike near the Carroll Street intersection around 7 p.m., the district attorney’s office reported.

Johashen was allegedly drunk driving a 2018 Nissan Sentra when he hit Freeport resident Pollidore while driving southbound on the Babylon Turnpike.

At 7.10pm, she suffered head and leg injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

At the time of the accident, Johashen’s driver’s license had already been suspended in September 2022 based on another pending DUI charge in Queens, according to the district attorney’s office.

Johashen was arraigned on the following charges:

  • aggravated vehicular homicide;
  • First and second degree vehicular manslaughter;
  • manslaughter;
  • assault;
  • driving under the influence of alcohol;
  • reckless driving;
  • driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol; and
  • Seriously driving a motor vehicle without a license, Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3.

Bail is set at $250,000 in cash, $500,000 in bond and $2.25 million in partial surety bond.

Nassau County District Attorney Anne T. Donnelly said: “This defendant continued to drive with a suspended driver’s license…allegedly at Mia Pollidore He was killed trying to cross the road and allegedly had drunk three times the legal alcohol limit.”

“While we’re prosecuting this case, we’re also entering our 100 deadliest days on the road. I urge everyone driving Nassau County highways, parkways and streets to use common sense: don’t drink and drive.”

“We cannot afford to lose another life to drunk driving.”

Johashen will return to court on Tuesday, August 1.

If convicted, he faces eight and one-thirds to 25 years in prison.

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