Man Pleads Guilty to Fatal Long Island Hit and Run Accident
A man from Long Island recently pled guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal car crash in 2014.
The 56-year-old perpetrator, a cardiologist who lives in Setauket, was driving along Rt. 111 in Smithtown the evening of June 14, 2014 when he slammed into the broad side of a woman’s vehicle while she was on her way to work. When paramedics arrived to the scene, they rushed her to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center, where she worked. Unfortunately, she did not survive her injuries.
The man did not stay behind to assist the victim at the accident scene, but witnesses were able to provide a description of his vehicle. Police tracked him down later, and about 90 minutes after the collision they measured his blood alcohol content at .10 percent, which is .02 above the legal limit in the state of New York.
The man ultimately pled guilty to driving while intoxicated, manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. He will serve up to two years in prison and five years of probation.
The man would likely have been found guilty of DUI manslaughter charges regardless of whether he would have stayed at the scene of the accident, meaning he still would have served jail time. But he made his actions even worse by leaving the scene, which is a felony in New York. People involved in car wrecks are responsible to stay at the scene to help out and provide their contact information, whether or not they believe they were at fault for the accident.
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident you believe was the fault of a drunk or otherwise negligent driver, meet with the skilled personal injury attorneys at Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia right away.