Drunk driver deadly crash sentencing Long Island
Construction worker, Michael Grasing, 34, was found guilty of the drunk driving crash that killed a teenager on Long Island. Grasing was convicted of aggravated vehicular homicide and given the maximum sentence: 10 1/3 to 32 years in prison.
According to reports Grasing had a blood alcohol level almost four times the legal limit and was speeding at 100 miles per hour when he crashed into 18-year-old Brittney Walsh’s car on Montauk Highway in Lindenhurst two years ago before speeding away from the scene of the accident.
The impact of the crash caused Walsh’s car to flip multiple times before striking a utility pole. Walsh was pronounced dead at the scene.
Grasing will be eligible for parole in eight years, and the family of Walsh is upset over the outcome, saying that is not nearly enough punishment.
Grasing, of Babylon, is the first person on Long Island charged with murder in a drunk driving incident in six years. He was also found guilty of second-degree manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident, aggravated driving while intoxicated, failure to stay in a designated lane and speeding.
Walsh had graduated from high school just two days before the crash and was driving home from work.
Brittney’s mother said “Today, no one won, there was little comfort in the sentence but there was some justice. Here is hoping that at the least the sentence will cause others to give pause before getting behind the wheel if they have been drinking so my niece’s death will not be in vain.
The judge imposed consecutive sentences on the homicide and leaving the scene charges. Grasing must serve a minimum of 10 2/3 and a maximum of 32 years.
“Drinking and driving kills and lives are destroyed. These people that make the bad choice to get behind the wheel and operate a vehicle intoxicated if not killed themselves will go to jail for murder as seen in the sentencing of Michael Grasing. Our wholehearted condolences to the family of Brittney Walsh.” says New York car accident lawyer, Paul Ajlouny.