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

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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. (Published Wednesday, Sep 12, 2012)

    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.

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    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.

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    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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