- 34-year-old Amandeep Singh had already been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter and other criminal acts in the May 3 crash.
Amandeep Singh, the Indian American accused of killing two teens and injuring two others last month on Long Island, has pleaded not guilty to first-degree vehicular manslaughter and other charges. Earlier this month, acting Supreme Court Justice Helene Gugerty had ordered the 34-year-old of Roslyn to continue to be held without bail. He had already been charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter and other criminal acts in the May 3 crash.
Drew Hassenbein and Ethan Falkowitz, “both 14-year-old elite tennis players in the eighth grade, were killed in the crash. The two were sitting on the right side of the vehicle. The 17-year-old driver and another 16-year-old passenger survived the crash. They were admitted to a local hospital for internal injuries. All four were members of Roslyn’s tennis team and were on their way home after a victory. The teens were wearing their seat belts and the driver had a valid license, police said.
Speaking at a news conference held after Singh’s arraignment on June 26, Nassau District Attorney Anne Donnelly said Singh “was driving 95 mph the wrong way in a 40 mph zone when the crash took place,” the Newsday report said. He spent the afternoon drinking at a party before the crash at 10:19 p.m. that day,” the report said. His blood alcohol content was 0.15%, “nearly twice the legal limit, several hours after the fatal crash,” the report said, adding that “traces of cocaine were also detected in his blood.”
Singh’s criminal defense attorney, James Kousouros, told Newsday “he was reviewing the evidence provided by prosecutors. He said, “the police officers’ body-camera footage and other evidence is not damning and may not even be admissible at trial.” He is scheduled to return to court on July 25 and faces up to 32 years in prison if convicted of the charges.