Freeport Man Sentenced for Fatal DWI Crash

Jonathan Sobrane
Jonathan Sobrane

A Freeport man was sentenced Monday to six to 18 years in prison for driving drunk and causing a crash that killed a 22-year-old man who was his passenger last year.

Jonathan Sobrane, 38, had pleaded guilty in March at Nassau County court to vehicular homicide, assault and operating a motor vehicle while impaired by combined use of drugs or of alcohol and any drug or drugs.

“It is unimaginable that drivers like Sobrane continue to risk the lives of their passengers and everyone else on our roads with such wildly reckless and dangerous behavior,” Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas said.

Prosecutors said Sobrane was speeding up to 90 mph eastbound on the Southern State Parkway in his Acura with three passengers when he clipped a Toyota Highlander, causing the Acura to spin off the road, hit trees and uproot a light pole at 3:40 a.m. on April 17, 2016.

One of his passengers, Vito Errico, was ejected from the backseat, authorities said. He was found with the light pole lying across his chest and died as a result of his injuries.

His other two passengers were also injured. One, a 23-year old woman, suffered a fractured femur and massive lacerations to her head that left her skull exposed. The other, a 21-year old man, sustained a broken arm and finger.

The driver, who was not injured, was arrested at the scene by New York State Police.