Hempstead Man Sentenced for Fatal DWI Crash

A Hempstead man was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison for killing a Roosevelt man in a drunken-driving crash while fleeing a Freeport shooting two years ago.

Lloyd Williams had been convicted in September at Nassau County court of second-degree murder, manslaughter vehicular manslaughter, assault, vehicular assault, driving while intoxicated and unlicensed operation of a vehicle.

Prosecutors said the 29-year-old and a friend got into a fight with bouncers at Phase Bar in after Williams was thrown out when a shot was fired and a nearby Freeport village police officer responded in the early morning hours of June 18, 2011.

Williams and his friend fled in Williams’ Mitsubishi. Williams blew eight stop signs and six red lights while officers gave chase until he crashed with a Dodge Intrepid at the corner of Guy Lombardo Avenue.

The other driver, 24-year-old Chad Whethers, was killed instantly and his vehicle was cut in half.

Williams’ blood-alcohol content was found to be 0.27 percent and he had marijuana in his system.

He suffered a broken right ankle and his passenger, who was not charged, suffered a broken neck.

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