“Nobody who’s not oblivious will plow head-on into another vehicle at 60 miles per hour,” Edelstein said.
Taylor was naked when she sped 80 mph down Staten Island’s Forest Avenue in 2006 without headlights, ran a red light and killed pedestrian Larry Simon. She had taken Ecstasy, smoked marijuana and drank beer.
Defense attorney Erica Horwitz said her client made a number of irrational statements after the crash.
“She was driving naked because God wanted her to drive naked,” Horwitz said.
Staten Island Assistant District Attorney Anne Grady argued that Taylor had made conscious choices despite her impairment, and showed no remorse later when the intoxication wore off.
Now 31, Taylor was sentenced to 22 years to life.
All three drivers were also convicted of lesser charges ranging from reckless endangerment to vehicular manslaughter that were not contested in the appeals. A midlevel court upheld all three murder convictions.
The Court of Appeals rulings are expected next month.