Suspect in Jericho wrong crash that killed 2 teen boys pleads 'not guilty' in court

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Monday, June 26, 2023
Suspect in wrong-way crash that killed 2 teens appears in LI court
The man accused in a drunk driving crash that killed two 14-year-old boys appeared in court Monday.

JERICHO, Nassau County (WABC) -- The man accused in the drunken-driving crash that killed two 14-year-old boys on Long Island

appeared in court Monday.

Amandeep Singh is charged with aggravated vehicular homicide and DWI.

Singh pleaded not guilty.

His attorney did not ask for bail. Singh has been held without bail since the crash happened.

Officials say 34-year-old Singh was driving on the wrong side of Route 106 and collided with an Alfa Romeo with four teens inside. Singh allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of .18 -- more than twice the legal limit.

Drew Hassenbein and Ethan Falkowitz, both 14 years old, were killed in the crash. They were both Roslyn Middle School eighth-grade students and tennis stars.

Two other teens in the car were also injured in the crash.

The two victims of the crash were identified as Roslyn students and young tennis stars Drew Hassenbein and Ethan Falkowitz.

The victims were on the way home from getting food following a local tennis event.

All four victims' families attended court, but did not speak to the media. A family friend however, says he hopes the suspect thinks of the families through this process.

"It's just very tough to see this, and as I said, I just hope the defendant doesn't make the families go through a trial, because every day that they come here is excruciating," to Brian Meyerson, a family friend.

"We're here today because two teenagers died and two other teenagers were injured when the vehicle they were in was struck by a 7,000-pound pickup truck, being driven the wrong way at 95 miles per hour. That vehicle, we allege, was driven by that defendant," said Anne Donnelly, Nassau County District Attorney.

"This family, this entire family extends its condolences to these families. Everyone is hurting here, everybody's in tremendous pain," said James Kousouros, defense attorney.

Singh is due back in court on July 25. If convicted, he could face up to 32 years in prison.

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