Defendant was Under the Influence of Drugs & Alcohol at the Time of the Crash.
Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini has announced the trial conviction of a Bay Shore man for killing one victim and causing injuries to two others in a motor vehicle crash while driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol.
“This is yet another devastating crash caused by the reckless, inexcusable decision to drive while drunk and on drugs,” District Attorney Sini said. “This conviction cannot undo the pain caused by the defendant, but it holds him accountable for his selfish actions. There is no reason in this day and age why anyone should be getting behind the wheel while intoxicated, and my Office will continue to prosecute anyone who does to the fullest extent of the law.”
Fernando Ramirez Jr., 34, of Bay Shore, was convicted by a jury today of three counts of Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a B felony; Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a C felony; Aggravated Unlicensed Operation of a Vehicle in the First Degree, an E felony; Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, an E felony; two counts of Driving While Intoxicated as an E felony; Driving While Ability Impaired by a Combination of Drugs and Alcohol, an E felony; Reckless Driving, an unclassified misdemeanor; and Consumption of Alcohol in a Motor Vehicle on a Highway, a traffic infraction.
On Nov. 27, 2017, Ramirez was driving a 2008 Subaru eastbound on the Long Island Expressway service road in Hauppauge. At approximately 3:20 a.m., Ramirez ran a red light at the intersection of the service road and Route 111 and struck a red 1997 Ford F150. The vehicles then collided with a blue 2004 Infiniti G35 that was traveling northbound on Route 111.
A passenger in the Ford, Daniel Granados, 31, of Central Islip, was pronounced dead at the scene by a physician assistant from the Office of the Suffolk County Medical Examiner.
The driver of the Ford was transported to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of serious physical injuries. The driver of the Infiniti was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore for treatment of minor injuries.
Ramirez sustained two broken femurs in the crash. Approximately one hour after the crash, a blood test revealed Ramirez’s blood alcohol level to be .19 percent. His blood also tested positive for the presence of THC.
Opening statements in the trial began on April 21. The jury deliberated for less than one day before returning a verdict of guilty on all counts.
Ramirez is scheduled to be sentenced by Suffolk County Supreme Court Justice Timothy Mazzei on June 1. He faces a maximum sentence of 12 and one-half to 25 years in prison. He is being represented by Christopher Brocato.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Maggie Bopp and Daniel Cronin, of the Vehicular Crime Bureau.