Roslyn community members show up at court appearance of alleged drunk driver in crash that killed 2 local teens

Amandeep Singh's attorney, James Kousouros, could not comment on the defense, but says they are evaluating options for future bail applications.

News 12 Staff

May 8, 2023, 9:39 PM

Updated 347 days ago

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Nearly 100 people crowded the halls of the Nassau County courthouse for an appearance of the alleged drunk driver accused in a wrong-way crash that killed two Roslyn teenagers.
Members of the community say they came to show their support for the families of the victims in the crash that happened Wednesday evening in Jericho.
"We want them to know that we support what is happening and we really want this man to be put away," says Riley Danbusky.
Drew Hassenbein and Ethan Falkowitz, both 14, were star tennis players on their way home from dinner after a tennis match.
Brian Meyerson, trustee of the village of East Hills, says many in the community had to attend to funeral over the weekend.
"It was the most horrific thing - this is a horrible experience that could have absolutely been avoided," Meyerson says.
Nassau County police say 34-year-old Amandeep Singh was driving drunk the wrong way on North Broadway when he slammed into the car carrying Hassenbein and Falkowitz.
A 17-year-old driver and 16-year-old passenger were also in the car. They were taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
Prosecutors say Singh's blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit of .08.
Singh's attorney, James Kousouros, could not comment on the defense, but says they are evaluating options for future bail applications.
"We certainly do not expect that bail will be granted in this court," Kousouros says. "We will pursue whatever alternative measures we can to secure bail."
Residents of Roslyn are showing solidarity with the families by starting a GoFundMe for Falkowitz to benefit charities he was passionate about. It has raised over $100,000 in less than a day. A GoFundMe was also made for Hassenbein to expose underprivileged children to tennis.
"We're family, and in times of trouble, family comes together and supports one another," School Board President Meryl Waxman Ben-Levy. "And that is what we do and that is what we will continue to do, and we will somehow, somehow get through this."
Singh will be back in court on June 6. Members of the Roslyn community say they will continue to show up for his court hearings.


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