A speeding, out-of-control car driven by a naked woman fatally struck a pedestrian and collided with another vehicle before sailing over a fence and landing in a shopping center parking lot, authorities said.
The driver, Taliyah Taylor, 24, was pulled out of the car by police following the accident around 11 p.m. Wednesday, said William Smith Jr., a spokesman for the Staten Island district attorney's office.
Taylor, who apparently was high on ecstasy and marijuana when she crashed, faced manslaughter charges and was being held without bail, police said. A spokesman from the district attorney's office said the charges could be upgraded after an investigation.
Taylor, while being led out of a building by police on Thursday, denied any wrongdoing.
"I didn't do nothing," she said.
Taylor's car struck Larry Simon as he was crossing the street to meet his brothers at a bar in the city's Staten Island borough, Smith said.
The car kept going and collided with another car, causing minor injuries to its occupants, police said. The collision launched Taylor's car over a 6-foot (nearly 2-meter) fence and into the shopping center's parking lot, reports AP.
Simon, 41, was hurled into the air, and his legs were severed from the impact with the car, Smith said. Simon, who worked as an assistant district attorney in the borough from 1997 to 2000, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Taylor was wearing a seat belt and was not hurt. She is due back in court Tuesday.