Alleged drunk driver who killed Raife Milligan more than 1.5 times over the limit

The suspected drunk driver who fatally hit an NYU student was more than 1.5 times the legal blood alcohol limit at the time of the accident – and had to ask his passenger what he hit, court records say.

Michael de Guzman, 49, had a blood alcohol content of 0.13 when he plowed his 2017 red Camaro into prospective doctor Raife Milligan, 21, on East Houston Street in Manhattan’s East Village at around 2:45 a.m., according to the criminal complaint against him.

De Guzman told a responding police officer he “saw a shadow of someone running across the street” and tried to dodge but crashed into a Honda CRV and the bulkhead, the complaint said.

NYU student Raife Milligan
NYU student Raife Milligan was killed by suspected drunk driver Michael de Guzman.

“I observed [de Guzman] Ask the passenger of his vehicle if he hit the other car and if the passenger reported it [de Guzman] essentially, no, they just hit the guy, meaning the pedestrian,” the officer wrote in the complaint.

De Guzman’s Camaro had allegedly been driven into school zones four times since late last year — part of 29 violations that are part of 29 violations, according to a website that tracks parking and camera violations in New York City.

The $50 school zone violations occurred on December 10, January 5 and February 23 in Queens and December 20 in Brooklyn, according to records.

Michael De Guzman in a promotional video from his Instagram.
Michael de Guzman advertises his red Camero on Instagram.
Instagram / Michael De Guzman

The vehicle also collected 25 parking tickets, including one for blocking a crosswalk in Queens and one for violating the Do Not Stand Except Authorized Vehicles ordinance in Brooklyn.

De Guzman was charged with second-degree assault and two counts of driving a motor vehicle while intoxicated in Monday’s accident, according to the Manhattan Attorney’s Office. He was charged and released under supervision at the request of the prosecutor.

The suspect declined comment to The Post when reached by email on Friday, referring questions to his attorney, Patrick Brackley. Brackley told The Post: “It is obviously a very tragic situation and Mr de Guzman is doing everything he can at this time to investigate the matter and understand his place in it.”

One of the vehicles involved can be seen at the scene of a two-vehicle crash involving a pedestrian on Monday, May 2, 2022 at Houston St. and 1st Ave.  hit in Manhattan.
Michael de Guzman’s red Camero has a long record of speeding and parking violations.
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An Instagram account that appears to belong to the driver reveals that he is a Muay Thai instructor who co-owns a gym in Long Island City, Queens.

In a video posted in December promoting his services as Coach Mike D, he is seen driving the Camaro in a leather jacket and sunglasses.

In the video, de Guzman says that overcoming adversity is part of training the martial arts discipline.

Michael de Guzman's red Camero destroyed another vehicle at the scene.
Michael de Guzman’s red Camero destroyed another vehicle at the scene.
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“This isn’t a nail salon, I’m not here to feed your ego,” he says. “I’ll challenge you, maybe you don’t like that aspect, but if you’re patient and persevere, I’m pretty sure you’ll be happy with the results.”

He also talks about his love for working as a coach.

“What drives me is that I feel like I have meaning for the first time in my life after so many different careers, I’ve worked on Wall Street, I’ve worked in nightlife, I’ve worked in sales,” he says in a voiceover – as pictures are shown of him driving the Camaro.

“It’s the only thing… I’d rather do than anything else. Helping people improve, helping people learn how to fight, how to defend themselves – it’s a great responsibility and a calling and I enjoy it.” Alleged drunk driver who killed Raife Milligan more than 1.5 times over the limit


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