North Bay Shore Triple Fatal DWI Crash Getaway Driver Sentenced

Demetri Stewart
Demetri Stewart

A Queens man was sentenced Tuesday to one to three years in prison for helping his friend flee the scene of a crash that killed three people in North Bay Shore two years ago.

Demetri Stewart had pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident and hindering prosecution last month at Suffolk County court.

Authorities have said the 24-year-old man drove his friend, Oniel Sharpe, 26, to Rockville Centre after Sharpe drove drunk at a high rate of speed and rear-ended a vehicle on the Southern State Parkway on July 12, 2015.

Three people in the vehicle that Sharpe hit—37-year-old Ancio Ostane and his two children, Andy, 8, and Sephora, 4—were trapped in the burning vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Their mother and Ancio’s wife, Lucnie Bouaz-Ostane, was treated for her injuries at a local hospital.

Sharpe, who was convicted in February of vehicular homicide, manslaughter and other charges, is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday by Judge Fernando Comacho.