MASTIC BEACH, LONG ISLAND, NY – A Connecticut man has been sentenced for causing a crash that killed a couple on Long Island, according to Newsday.
26-year-old Patrick Poillon was sentenced to three to nine years in prison for the Dec. 22, 2018 accident in Mastic Beach. Authorities said Poillon was behind the wheel of a Ford Explorer when he went through a stop sign while speeding at the intersection of Huguenot Drive and Forest Road West. His vehicle struck a Subaru Legacy driven by 50-year-old William Molnar. Molnar and his wife, 41-year-old Jean Molnar, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Prosecutors said Poillon fled the scene of the accident, leaving behind not only the husband and wife but their 22-year-old passenger, who had been injured. Poillon was apprehended several hours later at his father’s home in Mastic Beach.
The investigation showed that Poillon was driving at approximately 68 mph in a 30 mph zone at the time of the crash.
Poillon, of Darien, pleaded guilty last month to two counts of manslaughter and a charge of leaving the scene of the accident.
He was sentenced Wednesday by acting State Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho in a Central Islip courtroom. Poillon expressed remorse for his actions.
Suffolk District Attorney Timothy Sini issued a statement in response to the sentence, saying it “holds him responsible for the pain and devastation he caused this family.”
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