Police have charged Brian Spira, an investment banker from Riverdale in the Bronx, with failure to yield and failure to operate with due care. The charges come almost nine months after Spira struck and killed 99-year-old Bernice Schwartz in a crosswalk at the intersection of Oxford St. and W. 235th St.
The accident occurred at 8:30 a.m., only one block away from Schwartz’s home, and just a few months before her 100th birthday.
According to the police, 99-year-old Bernice Schwartz was fatally injured by 54-year-old Brian Spira’s 2022 Mazda CX9 SUV as he was making a left turn on the morning of Saturday, July 27, 2022. Schwartz was returning home from buying groceries at the intersection of Oxford St. and W. 235th St., just a block away from her home and months before her 100th birthday.
She suffered several head injuries and passed away shortly after arriving at St. Barnabas Hospital. Spira has been charged with failure to yield and failure to operate with due care for the incident that took place.
The reason for the delay in charging Spira is unknown, and Schwartz’s family could not be reached for comment on the matter. Spira has not yet responded to a message left for him.