Syosset man arraigned for double fatal DWI crash in Laurel Hollow

The grief-stricken family members of the two victims Soritios Spanos is accused of killing came to watch Spanos as he faced a judge on a long list of charges.

News 12 Staff

Aug 13, 2023, 4:42 PM

Updated 306 days ago

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A Syosset man was arraigned Sunday following Saturday’s double fatal DWI crash in Laurel Hollow.
Tears filled the courtroom Sunday during Soritios Spanos' arraignment. The grief-stricken family members of the two victims Spanos is accused of killing came to watch Spanos as he faced a judge on a long list of charges.
Police say Spanos, 32, of Syosset was driving a 2023 Acura MDX, traveling eastbound on Northern Boulevard near Moored Hill Road when he crossed over the yellow divider and collided with a Ferrari traveling westbound.
Police say a 37-year-old female passenger in the Ferrari died at the scene. The male driver, also 37, was rushed to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
According to court documents, the victims were Ismenia Urena and Odalis Urena.
Police say Spanos remained at the scene. According to court documents, Spanos consented to a preliminary breath test at the scene, which resulted in a .226 percent blood alcohol concentration, nearly three times the legal limit.
He was arrested without incident.
He was charged with aggravated vehicular homicide, two counts of manslaughter, two counts of assault, DWI and reckless driving.
Spanos's defense attorney said his client is innocent until proven guilty.
"This was a tragedy that resulted in the death of two individuals and the entire family is remorseful for the consequences, but I just ask that everybody keep in mind that not every accident results in criminal responsibility. And I ask that everybody be patient while the facts of this case are fully investigated,” said Defense Attorney Steven Epstein.
The victims' family members declined comment.
Spanos is being held without bail. He is due back in court Aug. 16.


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