Victim Blamed for DUI Death

New York Post

March 11, 2004 A lawyer for a cop accused of killing a young man in a drunk-driving accident charged yesterday that the victim was responsible for his own death because he used the Brooklyn residential street as a "raceway for ninja motorcycles."

The trial of veteran police officer Victor Wilson involved in a fatal crash that killed 21-year-old Stefanos Kiladitis began yesterday on charges of vehicular manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide.

Prosecutors allege that Wilson ran a red light in Bay Ridge on June 19, 2002, after downing nine beers at a nearby bowling alley. Kiladitis was speeding through the intersection and crashed into the side of Wilson's car.

But defense attorney Todd Greenberg denied Wilson was boozed up and blamed the crash on Kiladitis' "reckless conduct."

"Mr. Kiladitis was the substantial cause of his own death," Greenberg said, adding that the young man was going between 50 and 60 mph on a 30 mph residential road.

Patrick Gallahue

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