LI Man Could Be Charged Under Leandra's Law

By James Gardner
|  Tuesday, May 4, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM EDT
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Hempstead Man Arrested for DWI With 2-yr old in Car, No License

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A Long Island man could be facing a Leandra's Law charge after he allegedly drove drunk with his 2-year old son in the car.

Leandra's Law makes it a felony on the first offense to drive drunk with a person under the age of 15 inside the vehicle.

The rule is named after Leandra Rosado who was killed while riding with a friend's mother in a van that crashed on the West Side Highway in Manhattan in October of 2009.

The driver, Carmen Huertas, was charged with manslaughter.  Last month Huertas' lawyer tried to cut a plea deal, but according to the Daily News, prosecutors refused to negotiate.

Huertas faces 5 to 15 years in prison.  Leandra's Law was adopted in November of 2009.

In the latest case, Nassau County Police say 30-yr old Edas Funez left the scene of the accident at a Westbury parking garage.  The 1999 Nissan Altima he was driving was found on the second floor of the garage, Funez was in the front seat...his 2-yr old son in the back, according to Newsday.

Funez was arrested for a slew of charges, including driving while intoxicated, endangering the welfare of a child, unlicensed operation, leaving the scene of an accident and parking in a handicap space.

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