PICTURED: The 30-year-old ‘driving drunk’ fiancé appears in court again
BILD: ‘Drunk driving’ fiancé, 30, appears back in court – days after he cried before the judge when he found out he had killed his pregnant girlfriend, 23, and ripped her unborn child from her in a horrific accident became
- Adem Nikeziq, 30, faces manslaughter charges after Adriana Sylmetaj, 23, died
- The allegedly drunk driver was able to assert himself in court on Thursday
- He appeared in a wheelchair in a Staten Island court earlier this week
A suspected drunk driver whose pregnant fiancée died after slamming her car into a pole at 100 mph in Staten Island has appeared in court again.
Adem Nikeziq, 30, collapsed in court after being told Adriana Sylmetaj, 23, was dead after crashing a Dodge Challenger on Sunday morning. The vehicle smashed into three pieces and the woman was pronounced dead at the scene, along with the unborn child.
Nikeziq – who is charged with manslaughter, drink driving, involuntary manslaughter and assault – stood in court today with his head bowed.
At his previous hearing, Nikeziq was in a wheelchair, presumably due to his own injuries sustained in the accident. But on Thursday he was able to get up on his own.
He is understood to have asked for medical attention during Thursday’s hearing.
Adem Nikeziq (center) appeared in court today after crashing the car in Staten Island. His fiancé and unborn child died in the accident
Nikeziq – who is charged with manslaughter, drink driving, involuntary manslaughter and assault – stood in court Thursday with his head bowed
The suspected drunk driver was emotional in court in Staten Island this morning
Prosecutors previously explained how Sylmetaj’s body was found at the scene when police arrived. She was found at the intersection, her leg about 20 feet from her body.
Her unborn child was ripped from her body and found 20 feet behind her leg. She was six months pregnant and expecting a daughter in April.
Nikeziq claimed a car cut him off when he plowed into a utility pole around 5am on Sunday morning, causing the vehicle to break into three pieces.
His attorney, Mark Fonte, said he was the person who told Nikeziq his fiancé and unborn child had died – as he didn’t know yet.
Adriana Sylmetaj and her unborn baby were killed at 4.45am Sunday morning after her fiancé crashed into a post. Adem Nikeziq, 30, cried in court after learning his fiancee had died in the accident
Adriana Sylmetaj was expecting her daughter in April
He said: “Nobody told him his fiancé and baby had died.
“When I told him he broke down crying and sobbing. He was completely incredulous at first.”
Nikeziq has a checkered driving history, including an arrest in 2017 for drunk driving and driving with a suspended license, police sources told the Daily News. He was also arrested in 2019 for driving with a suspended license and resisting arrest.
The Albanian couple were heading south on Hylan Boulevard in New Dorp at 4.44am when Nikesiq allegedly lost control.
The vehicle struck a crash barrier before spinning and crashing into a wooden utility pole, police said.
Pictures from the scene show the horrific extent of the collision – as the car looked utterly mangled and spat out onto the road.
Nikeziq, a county resident, was taken to Staten Island University’s North Hospital after police realized he was intoxicated, the spokesman said.
Adriana Sylmetaj was thrown from the car when it collided with a power pole around 5am Sunday morning, breaking the vehicle into three pieces
Pictures of the mangled car emerged after the pregnant woman was killed. Prosecutors explained in court how Sylmetaj’s body was found at the scene when police arrived
The scene following the fatal accident, The Collationed, happened while the pair were traveling at more than 100 miles per hour
A tire is subsequently removed from the vehicle
The severity of the impact resulted in Sylmetaj being thrown from the car. She was pronounced dead at the scene
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