Flanders Man Sentenced for Fatal DWI Crash

A Flanders man was sentenced Thursday to 12 ½ to 25 years in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a 56-year old woman in Hampton Bays last year.

Joseph Perez was convicted last month at Suffolk County court of vehicular homicide and vehicular manslaughter in the death of Donna Sartori.

“Because of you Joseph Perez, and your reckless drinking and driving, my sister’s life was cut short,” the victim’s sister, Debra Fox, said before the 31-year-old man was sentenced.

Prosecutors said Perez was driving his Ford pickup truck westbound on Montauk Highway when he crashed into a parked car and then the victim’s car as she delivered newspapers at 4:15 a.m. on Jan. 5, 2014.

Sartori was pronounced dead at the scene. Perez was found to have a blood alcohol content nearly three times the legal limit of 0.08 percent after a night of bar hopping with friends, authorities said.