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The man accused of plowing his car into a group of cyclists on Esplanade Avenue on the night of the Endymion parade this month and killing two of them has asked a court for a substantially lower bail.

Tashonty Toney says he cannot make his current $510,000 bail. He wants New Orleans Magistrate Commissioner Jonathan Friedman to reduce the amount to no more than $135,000.

Toney still might not be able to post the lower figure, according to his attorney Ralph Whalen, but the reduction is appropriate because all the charges against him stem from a single incident, Whalen said.

"There is no danger to any other person or the community posed by defendant's release," Whalen said in a motion to reduce the bail.

Whalen said Toney is not a flight risk because of his roots and ties to the New Orleans area, including family. He added that Toney would be willing to give up the right to drive ahead of his trial.

The motion was dated Wednesday and stamped as accepted by the court Monday.

Friedman is set to consider the request Thursday.


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Police accuse Toney, 32, of driving a Camaro through a large group of bicyclists March 2.

Officers booked Toney, whose father is a New Orleans police officer, on two counts of vehicular homicide, seven counts of vehicular negligent injuring, hit-and-run driving and reckless operation of a vehicle.

The two victims who died were Sharree Walls, a 27-year-old executive for a nonprofit organization, and David Hynes, 31, a Tulane Law School graduate who had returned to the city for Carnival.

A witness described Toney as being "blind drunk" after the crash, which left bike parts littered along the street.

Police said Toney refused to submit to a breath test so they drew his blood to determine whether he was intoxicated.

A New Orleans police spokesman said Monday that investigators were still awaiting test results from the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab.


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