Driver charged with murder in Lindenhurst crash that killed teen

BABYLON - A Babylon man has been charged with murder in an alleged drunken driving crash that killed a girl who had just graduated high school. An 11-count grand jury indictment was unsealed against Michael Grasing in Riverhead court today. He faces an upgraded charge of second-degree murder, plus vehicular manslaughter, driving while intoxicated and other charges. Investigators say Grasing's blood alcohol level was nearly four times the legal limit when he crashed into Brittney Walsh, 18, in Lindenhurst last month. He was allegedly driving as fast as 100 mph on Montauk Highway when he rammed into Walsh's SUV. Her car flipped over multiple times and she died at the scene. Walsh had attended her senior prom days before and had just had a party to celebrate her graduation from Copiague High School. She was driving home from work when she was hit, investigators say.Murder charges are unusual in fatal DWI cases, although not unheard of. In a similar case, drunken driver Martin Heidegen was convicted of murder after killing two people on the Meadowbrook Parkway back on 2005. That verdict is currently under review by an appeals court. Grasing's bail was set at $1 million cash. He is due back in court next month.

Officials: DWI driver who killed Lindenhurst teen had .30% BACPolice: Teen killed in crash with drunken driver in Lindenhurst

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