Former NYC firefighter pleads guilty in crash that killed Queens teacher


SMITHTOWN, LONG ISLAND – A former New York City firefighter has pleaded guilty in connection with a fatal crash that occurred on Long Island on Nov. 20, 2020, News 12 Long Island reports.

40-year-old Joseph Norris of Babylon was facing charges for the accident on the Sunken Meadow Parkway in Smithtown that killed a Queens teacher, 44-year-old Anthony Mariano of Kings Park.

Prosecutors said Norris was off-duty when he drove a Chevrolet Colorado southbound in the northbound lane of the parkway near exit SM3A and struck a 2007 Mazda CX7 SUV driven by Mariano.

Norris was found to have had a blood alcohol content of .29 at the time, and admitted to driving over three miles in the wrong direction prior to the wreck.   Norris, who had worked at the FDNY since 2006, was seriously injured in the collision.

Norris pleaded guilty on Tuesday to charges that included aggravated vehicular homicide and second-degree manslaughter.

He will face five to 15 years in prison when he is sentenced on July 19.

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