Plea Deal Reached in Long Island DWI Case

A Shirley, Long Island man standing trial for the death of a fellow motorist in a 2010 DWI crash has pleaded guilty in exchange for a sentence of 3-9 years in prison. Scott Tolar accepted this plea of guilty to vehicular manslaughter and driving while intoxicated.

Section 1192(2) of the New York Vehicle and Traffic Law defines driving while intoxicated as operating a motor vehicle while having a blood alcohol content of .08 or greater. Further, Section 125.12(1) defines vehicular manslaughter in the second degree as when a person “causes the death of another person, and…operates a vehicle in violation of subdivision…two…of section eleven hundred ninety-two of the vehicle and traffic law…and as a result of such intoxication…operates such motor vehicle…in a manner that causes the death of such other person.”

Tolar was reportedly driving a Lincoln Navigator eastbound on Montauk Highway in Brookhaven when his vehicle crossed over a divider on Dec. 17, 2010 and struck a vehicle driven by Scott Albrecht of Patchogue. Mr. Albrecht was pronounced dead at the scene.

Resource: Long Island Press, Timothy Bolger, April 24, 2012

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