Driver In Fatal Southampton Village Accident To Face Felony Charges

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The DWI case against Allison Rydberg, the Hampton Bays native who police said was 
driving while intoxicated, causing a car accident that killed Water Mill resident Jason 
Pollak in April, has been adjourned while it is moved to a higher court, 
officials have confirmed.

According to court documents, the case is being moved to the Suffolk County Court in Central Islip, where Ms. Rydberg will be arraigned on several new charges, including first- and second-degree vehicular manslaughter and 
second-degree manslaughter, all felonies, as well as aggravated DWI and DWI, both 
misdemeanors.

The top charge Ms. Rydberg is currently facing is first-degree vehicular manslaughter, a class C felony, which means she was driving with a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.18 percent. The legal limit in New York State is 0.08 percent.

On Monday morning, Ms. Rydberg appeared at Southampton Village Justice Court with both her parents and her attorney, John Strode of Riverhead, to discuss the move to the superior court with Town Justice Barbara Wilson.

Ms. Rydberg, 25, was arrested in April after the 1997 Toyota Avalon she was driving was found resting near a tree at the intersection of Flying Point Road and Route 27A in Water Mill. Ms. Rydberg was critically injured and taken to Southampton 
Hospital by the Southampton Village Volunteer Ambulance, and was later transported 
to Stony Brook University 
Medical Center. Her passenger, Mr. Pollak, 24, was 
removed from the car and transported to Southampton Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Ms. Rydberg was charged with misdemeanor DWI following the crash, was arraigned at the Village Justice Court and released after posting $75,000 cash bail.

Her next court date is Monday, June 23, in Central Islip before Justice Fernando Camacho.

“I know you folks are on a very difficult journey,” Judge Wilson said during the Southampton court appearance. “It is a difficult situation, but I hope that in the end you will be able to find something, anything, positive to take out of this.”

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