Station Man Pleads Guilty in Crash That Killed Passenger

A Huntington Station man who crashed his vehicle last year pleaded guilty Friday to several charges in the death of his passenger.

Leo Flores-Gracias, 26, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide and other related charges, for driving while intoxicated and crashing into another car, killing Marlon Nunez-Cuellar, 25, of Huntington Station.

The office of Suffolk County District Attorney Ray Tierney said Friday that on July 4, 2023, the defednant and three others left a party where he had been drinking alcohol, headed north on Sweet Hollow Road in Huntington, and crashed head-on into a vehicle that was southbound.

An investigation found that defendant was travelling 72 mph just one second before the crash on a roadway where the posted speed limit is 30 mph.

On June 6, 2024, Flores-Gracias pleaded guilty to the following charges before Supreme Court Justice Richard Ambro:
 Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, a Class B felony;
 Manslaughter in the Second Degree, a Class C felony;
 Aggravated Driving While Intoxicated, an Unclassified misdemeanor; and
 Reckless Driving, an Unclassified misdemeanor.

Flores-Gracias is due back in court for sentencing on Aug. 20. He is expected to be sentenced to four to 12 years in prison.

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