On Aug. 30, 2015, a prominent real estate developer from Manhattan, New York, and a real estate broker from Sag Harbor, were involved in a one-vehicle car accident.
The two men were in the developer's 2013 Porsche when he allegedly lost control and smashed into a utility pole near the passenger's home. The driver didn't call for help for his passenger. He simply pulled him from the car and left him lying on the side of the road. Since the Porsche was missing two wheels, the driver didn't make it very far.
The Suffolk assistant district attorney said that when blood was drawn four hours after the accident occurred, the 43-year-old developer's blood alcohol content was .18, which is over twice the legal limit. The man has been indicted on 13 charges, including leaving the scene of an accident and DWI. A plea of not guilty was entered during his arraignment.
The man was already out on a $1 million bail and the judge denied the prosecution's request that it be set higher. Once the man and his attorney were out of the courtroom, his attorney said, "This is a very sad case. There is no good answer to the fact that someone is dead. There is a difference between a homicide and an accident that results in a person's death."
When someone is facing charges of vehicular homicide, he or she will need to present a very strong defense strategy. For this, he or she will need an experienced DUI attorney. While each case is different, a possible plea bargain could be in a defendant's future, as well.
Source: Newsday, "Sean Ludwick, Manhattan real estate developer, arraigned on upgraded charges in fatal crash," Chau Lam, Jan. 04, 2016