New City Man Charged With Vehicular Homicide In 2014 Accident

Clifford Perkins, 25, of New City, was charged Thursday in the 2014 fatal motorcycle accident that killed Scott Phillips, a hip-hop artist known as DJ Father Shaheed of the New Jersey group, Poor Righteous Teachers, founded in the early 1990s. Perkins was speeding on his motorcycle when he hit a car causing it to spin and hit the guard rail, ricocheting back and striking Phillips who was also operating a motorcycle. Phillips was pronounced dead at the scene after colliding with a tree caused the vehicle to burst into flames. Perkins was charged with criminally negligent homicide, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, and aggravated unlicensed operation and was released on $20,000 bail, though he is due back in court on April 28.

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