DWI driver pleads guilty in livery crash

August 19, 2009 2:38:53 PM PDT
A man who had already been ordered deported and also been charged in a deadly beating has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter in connection to a crash that killed two people. Daryush Omar entered the plea Wednesday in a Queens court. The 25-year-old expects up to 10 1/2 years in prison at his sentencing, set for Sept. 9.

Omar admitted he was drunk when he smashed into a livery cab on Nov. 16, killing cab driver Bessy Velasquez and Panayiota Demetriou, a graduate student from Cyprus. Demetriou was only weeks away from getting her doctorate in psychology.

Omar had previously been charged with murder in a Manhattan case that stalled but remains open. He also had been ordered deported but released from immigration detention because of time limits.


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