Anthony Sylvia, 28, of East Meadow was killed from injuries sustained in a car crash after riding with a drunk driver on Tuesday at 4:45 a.m., according to Nassau County Police. Sylvia was a passenger in the car of Michael Bantel, 27, of Massapequa who crashed head-on into another car in oncoming traffic on Sunrise Highway, police said.
Sylvia was rushed to a nearby hospital, but died from his internal injuries, police told reporters.
The driver in the other car, a 37-year-old woman, was also taken to the hospital with various lacerations, contusions, and head, knee and back pain, police said.
Bantel is charged with second-degree manslaughter, second-degree vehicular manslaughter, third-degree assault, and driving while intoxicated. He was arraigned on Wednesday.
For grieving families, it’s important that a full investigation be conducted. For that, a wise first step is to discuss the matter with a legal professional experienced in car accidents.