A grand jury has indicted a Central Islip man on upgraded charges for allegedly killing a 42-year-old man in a Black Friday drunken-driving crash in Commack last year, Suffolk County prosecutors said.
Louis Muicela pleaded not guilty Tuesday at Suffolk County court to vehicular homicide, manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving, speeding, driving without a license and other charges. He was initially charged with driving while intoxicated.
Authorities said that the 39-year-old suspect was speeding northbound on Commack Road when he blew a red light and struck a westbound Lincoln Town Car at the corner of Jericho Turnpike at 4:15 a.m. Nov. 21.
The victim, Karl Njerve, of Port Jefferson Station, who was a driver for a car service, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Prosecutors said Muicela had a blood alcohol content of 0.21 percent, more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent, after the crash.
Judge Fernando Camacho bail for Muicela at $250,000 cash or $500,000 bond. He is due back in court April 17.