Alejandro Padilla

A Bay Shore man was sentenced Tuesday to two-to-six years in prison for driving drunk, causing the crash that killed a 47-year-old woman and fleeing the scene more than a year ago.

Alejandro Padilla had pleaded guilty in October at Suffolk County court to manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an incident without reporting and driving while intoxicated.

Prosecutors said the 25-year-old was driving his Honda Civic on Carleton Avenue when his car rear-ended of Zenaida Falcon’s Hyundai, propelling the victim’s into a utility pole on Dec. 22, 2012. Falcon died the next day.

“Fortunately, an eye witness to the crash saw the defendant’s license plate and reported it to police,” District Attorney Thomas Spota said. “Officers were waiting for Padilla when he arrived home.”

He was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .09 percent two hours after the crash, authorities said.



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