According to a release from Nassau County District Attorney Denis Dillon's office, a New York City Police Sergeant has been indicted on charges of manslaughter and vehicular manslaughter in connection with the death of two Port Washington men in an automobile accident in Uniondale last May.
The driver, William Miley, 28, was originally charged with Driving While Intoxicated following the accident on Sunday morning, May 27, at the intersection of Hempstead Turnpike and Uniondale Avenue. A 1999 Honda operated by Miley struck the rear of a 1991 Nissan Sentra operated by Wilmer Villalobos, 24, of Port Washington. Killed were Allan Duarte, 26, and Juan Garcia, 25, both of Port Washington.
Two other passengers in the car, both from Port, were also injured: Alex Cruz suffered a broken leg and 28-year-old Ben Duarte suffered blunt body trauma.
According to Dillon, "Following our investigation and presentation to the Grand Jury, Miley was indicted on two counts of manslaughter in the second degree; four counts of vehicular assault in the second degree; and two counts of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.
Continuing, the district attorney said, "Our investigation confirmed that Miley's vehicle was traveling at a speed of 46 miles per hour when it struck the Nissan, which was stopped at a red light. He further explained that a blood test revealed that at the time of the accident, Miley was operating a vehicle while having a blood alcohol level in excess of .10."
According to friends of the young men who died, they were well liked and hardworking young men. Reportedly, one of the men was the sole support of his mother and sister.
Summing up, the DA said, "This is a crime that caused the death of two young men, and untold pain and suffering for their families. He warns, "Those who drive and drink must understand that they will be held fully accountable for their actions, which can have tragic consequences."
Miley was arraigned on Aug. 1 before County Court Judge Richard LaPera. If convicted he faces up to 15 years in prison.