Jury Selection Begins In Trial Of Flanders Man Accused Of Hitting, Killing Woman In Hampton Bays

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Jury selection began Tuesday in Central Islip for the trial of a Flanders man accused of hitting and killing a newspaper deliverywoman while driving drunk in Hampton Bays last year.

Joseph Perez, 31, is accused of hitting 55-year-old Donna Sartori of Middle Island with his Ford F-150 pickup truck at about 4:20 a.m. on January 5, 2014, on Montauk Highway just west of the Ponquogue Avenue intersection. She was delivering that day’s edition of the New York Daily News.

Mr. Perez faces a nine-count indictment including aggravated vehicular homicide, manslaughter, two counts of second-degree vehicular manslaughter and operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated, all felonies, as well as DWI, aggravated DWI and reckless driving, all misdemeanors, and leaving the scene of an accident, a violation. If convicted, he could face up to
25 years in jail.

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Perez, who was on his way home after a night of drinking at Dream Nightclub on Canal Road in Hampton Bays, according to police, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.20 percent, more than double the legal limit of 0.08 percent.

Mr. Perez’s lawyer, Riverhead-based attorney Lane Bubka, could not be reached for comment.

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