Cop Pleads Not Guilty in Crash
By Nancie L. Katz – STAFF WRITER
AUGUST 1, 2002
An off-duty cop accused of plowing into a Brooklyn motorcyclist while driving drunk pleaded not guilty yesterday to manslaughter charges. If convicted in the death of Stefanos Kiladitis, Officer Victor Wilson, 43, could face up to seven years in prison.
Wilson, of Staten Island, was leaving a Bay Ridge bowling alley June 19 when he allegedly ran a red light about a block away and crashed into the motorcycle driven by Kiladitis, 21. Kiladitis, of Brooklyn, died three days later.
“Mr. Wilson was not intoxicated,” defense lawyer Todd Greenberg said. “The young man was speeding… . It was the young man who ran the red light.” But prosecutors said Wilson had a blood alcohol level above the legal limit and ran the light.