Updated: May 11, 2021 05:15 PM
Created: May 10, 2021 06:30 PM
Editor's note: News10NBC updated this story to correct the spelling of Justin Seabon's last name.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — A man facing several charges after a deadly crash in Rochester Monday night has pleaded not guilty.
Officers say 25-year-old Justin Seabon was drunk and speeding when he hit three parked cars on Genesee Park Boulevard at Kingsboro Road around 5:15 p.m.
The victim, 83-year-old Milton Harris, was inside one of those cars. He was taken to the hospital, where he later died. Nobody else was hurt.
Several members of Harris's family attended Seabon's arraignment Tuesday morning.
Nicole Eddy says she has known Harris for more than 10 years.
"We used to talk about his family," Eddy said. "He has some family in North Carolina. He has a grown daughter and his son. Yeah, he knew my mother, and father when they were still alive."
She went on to say, Harris kept busy by mowing lawns in the neighborhood. She says he was waiting for his equipment to arrive before working on hers.
"He was sitting there, and I saw his car when I was talking to his friend, and then I went back inside, and all of a sudden I hear this huge crash, and I came out, and they had him lying over there," Eddy said.
Several members of Harris' family attended Seabon's virtual arraignment where he pleaded not guilty, and bail was set at $2,500.
"As long as he posts bail he can get out at that moment. So once they process him he should be able to get out. If he is released I'm sure he will be released with conditions, and his license was revoked at this time given the nature of the charges," Prosecutor and Chief of Monroe County's DWI Bureau Ray Benitez said.
Police charged Seabon with DWI, aggravated vehicular homicide, and first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. He also faces traffic violations, including speeding, moving from lanes unsafely, and reckless driving.
Benitez said bail for Seabon started at $2,500 cash due to criminal justice reform, even though it is believed that he's a flight risk.
Seabon has a prior misdemeanor DWI conviction from August 2015. He was conditionally discharged and fined $500.
"It's difficult so [Harris's family] is going through a difficult time," Benitez said. "They just lost one of their family members, a loved one, and we can only hope that we, as we go forward, we can get some sort of closure for them and accountability for the defendant."
A preliminary hearing for Seabon is scheduled for Friday at 1:30 p.m.
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