Driver who injured biker pleads guilty to misdemeanor

Motorcyclist Sid Hughes was seriously injured when Jason Monet crashed into him in Amagansett in 2014.

Motorcyclist Sid Hughes was seriously injured when Jason Monet crashed into him in Amagansett in 2014. (4/17/15)

EAST ISLIP - A Connecticut man who had been accused of drunken driving in a crash that injured a motorcyclist pleaded guilty Friday to a misdemeanor.

The district attorney said the misdemeanor is because of a lack of evidence and eyewitnesses to the crash. Jason Monet was behind the wheel of the vehicle that crashed into Sid Hughes on Montauk Highway in Amagansett in June 2014. Hughes was seriously injured.

Monet had to pay a fine and will serve community service, but members of the American Bikers for Awareness, Training & Education organization say the punishment doesn't fit the crime.

Jim Barr, of ABATE, expressed disappointment that Monet's punishment was "so light when there was such a severe injury to the motorcyclist."

Hughes faces long months of rehabilitation from the accident.

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