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Crime & Cases December 17, 2009  RSS feed

Mobster’s Son Convicted Of Drunk Driving Crash On L.I.E.

Five Were Injured In High-Speed Wreck
Robert Pozarycki

An Ozone Park man who is the son of a reputed mobster faces up to seven years in jail after being convicted last Wednesday, Dec. 9, for causing a serious accident on the Long Island Expressway in 2006 that injured six passengers, it was reported.

Jurors found 35-year-old Anthony Rampino of 90th Street guilty on two counts of DWI as well as various other charges for his role in a highspeed one-car crash on the expressway near Flushing Meadows-Corona Park on the night of July 25, 2006.

“This defendant’s reckless actions left several of his passengers with severe injuries,” said Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown in a statement following the verdict. “It is a miracle that he did not cause the death of any of his passengers or other motorists on the road that night. This dangerous behavior cannot be tolerated and must be dealt with severely.”

A report in the Daily News indicated that Rampino is the son of Anthony “Tony Roach” Rampino, an associate of the late crime boss John Gotti and reputed hitman who is currently serving a 25-year term in prison for a 1987 heroin trafficking conviction.

According to trial testimony, the younger Rampino was intoxicated while driving a 2002 Chrysler convertible with the roof down on the expressway near Flushing Meadows Park on the night of July 25, 2006. At the time, he was riding with a male in the front passenger seat, three women sitting in the rear seat and three other women sitting on their laps.

Law enforcement sources said the Ozone Park resident was at one point driving at speeds of up to 100 miles per hour while weaving in and out of traffic. Despite repeated pleas by the female passengers to slow down, prosecutors said, Rampino refused to comply and raised the volume of the radio to drown out their voices.

Moments later, it was reported, the convertible lost control on the highway and slammed into two medians. The impact of the accident caused one of the female passengers to be thrown from the vehicle across three lanes of traffic.

Following the crash, prosecutors said, Rampino managed to flee from the scene on foot and into the park.

Police and EMS units arrived at the scene a short time later. The passenger who was thrown from the vehicle suffered severe abrasions on her arms, shoulder and face as well as various knee injuries and a broken pelvis. The other passengers were hospitalized with various injuries which were not life-threatening.

An off-duty police officer responding to the accident scene spotted Rampino as he fled and pursued him into the park. The suspect was taken into custody a short time later and brought to the 112th Precinct stationhouse in Forest Hills for an intoxilyzer exam.

The test revealed that Rampino’s blood alcohol level was .10, above the legal limit of .08, prosecutors said.

In addition to the drunk driving charges, Rampino was also convicted of reckless endangerment, vehicular assault, speeding, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without insurance and a license. Queens Supreme Court Justice Kenneth C. Holder, who presided over the twoweek trial, ordered Rampino held in custody and to return to court for sentencing on Dec. 23.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Charissa Ilardi and Bradley H. Chain of the D.A.’s Kew Gardens II Bureau under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Daniel M. Sullivan, bureau chief, and Mark Osnowitz and Jennifer L. Naiburg, deputy bureau chief.