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New City biker charged with vehicular homicide in death of hip-hop luminary

Chain-reaction crash on the Sprain Brook Parkway killed Scott Phillips of the NJ-based Poor Righteous Teachers


A New City motorcyclist has been indicted in a deadly Sprain Brook Parkway crash that killed a New Jersey rap icon, prosecutors said on Friday.

Clifford Perkins, 25, was charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving, unlicensed driving and other infractions in the death of Scott Phillips, 45, of West New York, who was reportedly known as DJ Father Shaheed of the Poor Righteous Teachers.

Phillips was a DJ and producer with the Trenton-based rap three-piece, best known for the hit single "Rock Dis Funky Joint" off the 1990 album "Holy Intellect," according to news reports.

"The tragic death of Scott Phillips was preventable, as are so many vehicular fatalities," Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said in a release on Friday, adding that the suspect had a revoked driver's license and was riding so wildly "that he endangered any motorist who was on the road that day."

Perkins allegedly rear-ended a vehicle while riding his 2002 Yamaha on the Sprain Brook Parkway on May 25 at about 12:30 p.m.

According to the prosecution, Witnesses said Perkins was among a dozen motorcyclists traveling 90 to 100 mph southbound on the parkway that afternoon.

Perkins came up behind a Mazda at a high speed, his bike began wobbling and it struck the vehicle from behind, causing the car to rotate counter clockwise, cross into the left lane and hit the center guardrail.

Perkins flew off his bike and landed in the right shoulder. An accident reconstructionist with the state police estimated that he was traveling anywhere from 80 to 95 mph following the impact with the Mazda, the DA said.

After the car hit the guardrail and re-entered the left lane, the victim's bike hit the car's passenger side. Phillips was ejected and came to rest down an embankment while his motorcycle burst into flames.

Perkins had a revoked and suspended driver's li9cense hat the time of the crash, DiFiore said.

Bail has been set at $20,000 cash.

Perkins is due back in court on April 28. He could be sentenced to up to four years in prison.

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