A Patchogue man pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Feb. 20 in a case that involved a fatal automobile accident in Sayville in 2013. The man was allegedly driving while on narcotics when he veered into oncoming traffic and caused a head-on collision. The driver of the other vehicle died, and the passenger of that vehicle was seriously injured. After the plea deal, the man was sentenced to 21 years in prison.
The surviving driver reportedly was driving while high on PCP and morphine, among other drugs, at the time of the car accident. The man was originally indicted for second-degree murder and vehicular homicide, among other crimes, before reaching a plea deal and pleading guilty to first-degree manslaughter. The district attorney said that there was a very high level of legal burden to prove the man was guilty of murder by "depraved indifference" beyond a reasonable doubt. In a recent case, a Babylon man was acquitted by jury on such a murder charge.