Freeport Man Charged With Fatal DWI Crash

A Freeport man was indicted on vehicular homicide and other charges for allegedly driving while high and drunk when he crashed his car, killing one person and wounding two others, Nassau County prosecutors said.

Jonathan Sobrane, 37, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular manslaughter, vehicular assault, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, drugged driving, driving while impaired by drugs and alcohol and other charges.

“This crash was incredibly violent, and the lives of the victims and their family members are forever changed,” said Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas.

Prosecutors said Sobrane was speeding in an Acura eastbound on the Southern State Parkway at 3:40 a.m. April 17 when he clipped an SUV, spun off the road and crashed into a tree, killing one of his passengers and seriously injuring two others while they were on their way back from a club in New York City.

A 22-year-old male passenger who was ejected from the vehicle died from his injuries. A woman and another man suffered serious injuries. Sobrane, the driver, was not injured.

Judge Helene Gugerty set bail for Sobrane at $500,000 cash or bond. He is due back in court on June 20. He faces up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

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