RIVERHEAD - The Dix Hills man accused of drinking and causing a deadly crash on the Great South Bay last summer pleaded guilty to vehicular homicide today in a first-of-its-kind case in New York state.
Brian Andreski, 27, admits he drank approximately eight beers and mixed drinks on Fire Island before getting back on his boat to go home. It was just before 5 a.m. on the June morning that he slammed his powerboat into a fishing boat that carried 39-year-old Christopher Mannino, a father of two from West Islip. Mannino's body was recovered later that day.
Mannino's widow, Michelle, wept in the courtroom in Riverhead today. Andreski's family and attorney had little to say after the proceedings.
Andreski's case marked the first time that a boater faced charges of aggravated vehicular homicide. The charge had previously been reserved for incidents that happened on the road.
Andreski faces four to 12 years in prison at his sentencing. If the case had gone to trial, he could have served up to 25 years.
The terms of the plea deal he accepted will also have Andreski film a public service announcement about the dangers of drinking and the impact his choices have had on his life.