DA: Syosset man pleads guilty in DWI crash that killed married couple in Laurel Hollow

Sotirios Spanos, 33, pleaded guilty today to aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of manslaughter in the second degree, two counts of assault in the second degree and DWI.

News 12 Staff

Apr 23, 2024, 5:31 PM

Updated 35 days ago

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The Nassau County district attorney says a Syosset man has made a plea deal in the case stemming from a Laurel Hollow crash that killed a husband and wife.
Sotirios Spanos, 33, pleaded guilty to aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of manslaughter in the second degree, two counts of assault in the second degree and DWI. He is due back in court on June 17 and is expected to be sentenced to 7 to 21 years in prison.
“Ismenia and Odalis Urena were a young, successful couple with two daughters and many years of happiness ahead of them, but all of that was erased when this defendant struck the Urena’s vehicle head-on that August morning and killed them,” said District Attorney Anne Donnelly in prepared remarks.
According to the DA’s office, on Aug. 12, 2023 at approximately 12:31 a.m., Odalis and Ismenia Urena, both 37, were traveling in a convertible heading westbound on Northern Boulevard approaching Moores Hill Road in Laurel Hollow. Spanos was traveling in a 2023 Acura MDX eastbound on Northern Boulevard at a high rate of speed while intoxicated. Spanos then crossed into oncoming traffic, struck the front passenger side of the Urenas’ vehicle head-on, and drove over the vehicle.
According to the event data recorder inside the Acura, the defendant was driving approximately 100 miles per hour only 2.5 seconds before the collision.
Ismenia Urena was pronounced dead at the scene. Odalis Urena was taken to Huntington Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 1:32 a.m.


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