William Christie facing upgraded charges in fatal Manorville crash

Christie pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter in

Christie pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the first and second degrees, manslaughter in the second degree, aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated. He was freed on $150,000 cash bail. (Credit: SCDA Communications)

MANORVILLE - A Manorville man is facing upgraded charges for allegedly driving drunk and causing a fatal crash.

William Christie, 69, was originally charged with DWI after losing control of his Jeep in the woods off Sunrise Highway near exit 59 in Manorville. He is now also facing vehicular manslaughter charges.

Christie's friend, Michael Demartino, 59, was killed in the February crash.

Christie pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter in the first and second degrees, manslaughter in the second degree, aggravated driving while intoxicated and driving while intoxicated. He was freed on $150,000 cash bail.

Christie did not want to talk in court, but Christie's defense attorney said Christie was not driving at the time of the crash.

Assistant District Attorney Elizabeth Miller said that Christie was behind the wheel during the crash.

“This defendant got on the road while he was intoxicated and by doing that, he endangered the lives of everyone on the road at that time," said Miller.

He faces five to 15 years in prison, if convicted.

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