Published June 05, 2012
NEW YORK -- – A Colombian brewery heir is facing a $100 million lawsuit after pleading guilty to running over a pedestrian in New York and then leaving the scene of the traffic accident.
Andres Santo Domingo, the husband of glamorous Vogue contributing editor Lauren Santo Domingo, surrendered to cops and nervously pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in the injury-causing Midtown car accident.
Andres Santo Domingo -- whose father is the second-wealthiest in Colombia, with an estimated worth of $6 billion -- said, "It's crazy. It's the car insurance handling it."
He faces six days of community service and a temporary driving ban for 90 days.
He admitted in court that on March 29, at the corner of East 34th Street and Third Avenue, he drove his black Mercedes into 26-year-old college freshman Ryan Coutu -- and then drove away, despite knowing that he caused Coutu injury.
Coutu was struck hard in the elbow by the driver's-side mirror of Andres Santo Domingo's AMG-series Mercedes.
Both men made eye contact, attorney Herb Subin said. Then, Andres Santo Domingo drove off, running over Coutu's foot and leaving him crumpled in the street.
"My guy is lying on the ground, and this real humanitarian leaves him lying there," he said.
Coutu is still recovering from herniated discs and needs another surgery to repair nerve damage in his elbow, he said.
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