Long Island Man Pleads Guilty in Fatal Boat Crash

Brian Andreski, of Dix Hills, pleaded guilty on Monday to aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of Christopher Mannino

By Greg Cergol
|  Monday, Dec 10, 2012  |  Updated 9:09 PM EDT
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It's the first time in New York that an alleged drunk boater has been indicted on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, according to the Suffolk DA. Long Island Reporter Greg Cergol reports.

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It's the first time in New York that an alleged drunk boater has been indicted on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide, according to the Suffolk DA. Long Island Reporter Greg Cergol reports.

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A Long Island speedboat pilot has admitted to being drunk during a fatal crash in the Great South Bay.

Newsday reports that 27-year-old Brian Andreski, of Dix Hills, pleaded guilty on Monday to aggravated vehicular homicide in the death of Christopher Mannino, of West Islip.

Mannino was one of five people aboard a 38-foot fishing boat when Andreski's 25-foot high-performance catamaran slammed into the smaller vessel on June 23.

In return for his plea, Newsday says the judge promised to sentence Andreski to between 4 and 12 years in prison. Andreski also agreed to make a public service video on the dangers of drunken boating.

His attorney, Eric Sills, said the case was a "terrible tragedy for both sides involved."

Andreski's case was the first time an alleged drunk boater was indicted on a charge of aggravated vehicular homicide in New York state, according to Suffolk District Attorney Thomas Spota.

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