Long Island man charged in fatal road rage held on $5M bond
BY Samuel Goldsmith and Larry Mcshane
DAILY NEWS WRITERS
Updated Saturday, May 16th 2009, 12:52 PM
Porsche owner run over in deadly L.I. road rage
A panicked Long Island man charged in a road-rage killing dialed 911 for help before running down an enraged Porsche driver blocking his escape, police said Saturday.
Evan Potts, 22, was held on $5 million bond after being arraigned on a manslaughter rap in the death of Ian Sharinn, 34.
Pott's uncle, Michael November, told the Daily News he was a "good kid" and as much a victim as the man crushed beneath his lurching rental car.
"Nobody deserves to die," said November, 45, of Boca Raton, Fla. "But [the other driver] caused this situation. He put himself in front of the car."
The suspect stood silently as his mother, Amy, wept during a brief arraignment. His lawyer promised to appeal the staggering bail order - $500,000 cash or $5 million bond.
"This is a tragedy - a tragedy that was fueled by rage on the part of the victim and panic on the part of my client," said defense attorney Stanley Kopilow.
The dead man's sister-in-law, Debbie Sharinn, had angry words for Potts.
She described the victim, who lived in Lloyd Harbor, as an athletic engineer who enjoyed mountain biking and volleyball. His funeral was set for this afternoon.
"He lived life with spontaneity," she said. "And then some animal just killed him."
The clash happened around 10 a.m. Friday in Long Beach when the two motorists exchanged angry words.
As Potts made a U-turn to get away, Sharinn ran a red light, blocked his way and jumped out, witnesses and police said.
Sharinn, a well-built 6-foot-5, began pounding on Potts' Nissan Altima, a witness said.
While no one heard a direct threat toward Potts, "There were some vulgarities that witnesses heard," Nassau County police Detective John Azzata said.
He confirmed that Potts, of Oceanside, dialed 911. He tried to back up and escape, but was pinned by a vehicle behind him.
He ran Sharinn down when he shifted the car into drive, authorities said.
Sharinn had three convictions on his driving record: for using a cell phone, improper signal and following a car too closely.
Potts has a 2007 conviction for trespassing and marijuana possession and had been cited in the past for driving in the wrong direction.
Wearing a black T-shirt, shorts and handcuffs, Potts was taken from the courthouse to the Nassau County jail pending a Tuesday hearing.
"Hang in there!" his mother shouted. "You'll be okay!"