DA SINI: MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO AGGRAVATED VEHICULAR HOMICIDE, DWI IN CONNECTION WITH FATAL GREENPORT CRASH
Defendant Allegedly Drove with BAC of .23%
(CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the guilty plea of a Greenport man for killing one person and injuring six others in a motor vehicle crash while driving drunk in July 2018.
Glenn Zaleski, 36, of Greenport, pleaded guilty today to one count of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a B felony, and Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated as a class E felony.
“This individual was driving with a BAC almost three times the legal limit,” District Attorney Sini said. “When you get behind the wheel of a car in that state, you turn your vehicle into a potentially deadly weapon. It’s extremely dangerous and often – as it did with this case – results in tragedies that could have been avoided.”
On July 15, 2018, Zaleski was driving a 2016 Dodge pickup truck eastbound on Route 48 in Greenport when he lost control of the vehicle and crossed into the westbound lane. His vehicle struck a minivan containing seven occupants, all residents of Flushing, who were returning from visiting Lavender by the Bay in East Marion.
The driver of the minivan, Youfeng Yang, 51, of Flushing, was killed in the motor vehicle crash. Two passengers suffered serious physical injuries and the remaining four passengers suffered various physical injuries.
A blood test revealed Zaleski’s blood alcohol level to be at .23 percent following the crash.
Zaleski is expected to be sentenced by Suffolk County Acting Supreme Court Justice Fernando to up to five to 15 years in prison. He is due back in court on August 8.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Raymond Varuolo, of the Vehicular Crime Bureau.